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Chap Che with Fried Tofu

Chap Che is a traditional dish made with bifun or cellophane noodles. A total hit with kids and anyone else who is not quite sure how they feel about tofu.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredient List: 

Fried tofu
5-6 tablespoons avocado oil Buy Now >
Generous pinch chili powder
2-3 tablespoons organic soy sauce
8, 1/4- inch thick slices extra firm tofu

Chap che
6 ounces very thin bean thread noodles, known as bifun or cellophane
½ cup organic soy sauce
3 tablespoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons brown rice syrup
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 red onion, thin half-moon slices
2 carrots, fine matchstick pieces
1-2 cups button mushrooms, brushed free of dirt, thinly sliced
3 cups baby spinach or arugula

Step By Step Instructions: 

Mix oil, rice syrup, chili powder and soy sauce together in a skillet and place over medium heat.  Lay tofu slices in hot oil mixture and fry until golden, about 2 minutes.  Turn and fry until golden on the other side, about 1 minute.  Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Soak noodles in a bowl of warm water until softened, about 10 minutes and then drain in a colander.  Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, drain well and rinse under cool water until cooled completely.

Whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, rice syrup and garlic.  Set aside.
Heat avocado oil in a deep skillet over medium heat.  Sauté onion for 1 minute.  Stir in carrot and sauté for 2 minutes.  Stir in mushrooms and sauté for 3 minutes.  Finally stir in baby greens and sauté just until tender, about 30 seconds.  Stir in noodles and soy sauce mixture and cook, uncovered, until liquid dissipates, 3-4 minutes.
 
Transfer cooked noodles to a shallow platter and arrange tofu slices on top.  Serve immediately.