A healthier take on Thai cooking.
I’ve been trying to look for recipes that are ultimately plant-based. Yup! That’s right. In a span of almost two weeks, I suddenly switched to being a Vegan from a meat-eating glutton that I was. The numbers on the scale are not doing so well, so I searched for a diet that would help me cleanse, lose weight, and at the same time provide the proper nutrition I need for my workouts. Surprisingly, it works for me as I’ve been losing almost 2 lbs every week. Of course, what works for me may not be suitable for busier individuals and breastfeeding moms. But, here’s a recipe that you can easily whip up when you’re craving for Thai flavors less the meat.
Preparation Time: 10 mins.
Cooking Time: 25 mins.
- Eggplants (3 long pieces, sliced however you want it, but for this, I sliced it in lengthwise half and diagonally)
- Green Bell Pepper (1 pc. large)
- Red Bell Pepper (1 pc. large)
- Firm Tofu (400g, sliced in medium dice)
- Basil (1 bunch, sliced in chiffonade)
- Garlic (4 cloves)
- Red Onion (1 small bulb)
- Hoisin Sauce (4 tbsp.)
- Light Soy Sauce (2 tbsp.)
- Vegetable Oil (3 tbsp.)
- Bird’s Eye Chili Siling Labuyo (3 pcs. or more to make it a bit more spicier)
- Cornstarch Slurry (2 tbsp. of cornstarch added with 5 tbsp. water)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- In a medium wok or medium saute pan, saute red onions and garlic.
- In high fire, add the eggplant pieces and toss them in a bit of oil and salt.
- Stir the eggplants every few minutes to avoid them from sticking to the wok.
- At this point, I add in a bit of water to cook the eggplants.
- Add in the cubed tofu. Try to toss the eggplant and tofu together without mashing the tofu.
- Add in Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, salt and pepper. If you want it to be more saucy, add in more water and sauces according to your tasting and let simmer.
- Add in peppers, chilies, and basil. Stir and combine altogether.
- When everything is cooked evenly, thicken the sauce with cornstarch slurry and let simmer until done.
- Best served with Brown Rice or Red Rice (especially for calorie watchers).