>>7311950 You need to drain it. Like drain the shit out of it. Slice it and put it between 2 dishtowels and then squeeze it like crazy. I put a cookie sheet on top and then literally put my microwave and a case of water on top of it. You need to get all the water out otherwise flavour won't stick to it. Once you do that, just season or sauce it like you would with meat. I use a sauce with soy, maple syrup, garlic, rice vinegar, sriracha, some bbq sauce, and whatever spices. Fucking delciious.
Not sure of the exact method, but I think my grandma does something like this
>cut into flat squares maybe an inch thick and two inches long >deep fry tofu in your favorite oil until golden brown and crispy (with a wok, but maybe a pot would be okay too?) >let it rest, you can eat it like that with shrimp paste or nuc mam
I like it most when she- >saute garlic until light brown >add chicken (marinated or not) previously cut into thumb sized strips >remove before fully cooked >add tomatoes cut into fourths on high heat >wait until they're soft, then remove the skins >wiggle into a paste with your spatula and add fish sauce >add chicken, stock of your choice, and tofu back into the mix and let simmer until the tomato juices have completely permeated into the tofu which should have a sponge-like consistency (several hours?)
>serve over rice
The food is chinese with vietnamese spices, as she's Hoa. Thus, it pairs extremely well with meme sauce. You can add things at the end like sesame oil, pepper, etc. can be vegetarian if you want it to be i think.
Oh, I just found a recipe for it http://www.hungryhuy.com/how-to-make-dau-sot-ca-vietnamese-tofu-with-tomato-sauce/
I'm used to it being half as thick, and I think she used tofu that was slightly softer. She definitely is going for a taste that is more savory than sour and spicy, but as always, you should make what tastes better to you.
>>7311991 This. And two out of three of those dishes involve a spicy bean paste. Killer combination. (pic related) Also do not buy into the fallacy that tofu is meant to be eaten in place of meat - that's for vegetarians and Buddhist monks. In tofu eating cultures it's very often cooked with meat or seafood.
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