This is a basic recipe that lends itself to many variations (see below). You can make it lighter by adding more fresh tomatoes, or heavier and richer by adding more tomato paste and olive oil.
This is a punchy and super-easy dish that is popular in Asia, particularly China and Korea. Served cold, it is a taste sensation when offered as an accompaniment to a hot dish. The great thing about it is that you can make the sauce in advance and then, just before you are ready to serve, whip the tofu out of the fridge, pour the sauce over and voilà!
When I was growing up, we always had a big salad on the table for dinner, with this dressing, and it was always a fight to determine who got to drink the last remnants from the bottom of the salad bowl. My family calls the dressing ‘Erriba’ now after the place where my parents live in Tasmania’s highlands. I like to always have a big jar of it on hand to jazz up a salad or steamed greens. You can add other ingredients to change the flavour.
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