I made this the other day and offered it to my son, who politely refused saying he would rather cook up some chips and make a salad.

Once he laid his eyes on this finished meal he decided to take a dish of it for himself…and another. Another hit. Such a delicate and fragrant taste.



For preparing Tofu

  • 1 package extra-firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 1 tbsp. arrowroot or cornflour
  • 3 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated or 1 tsp. ground
  • 1-2 tbsp. olive oil

For the 5-Spice Brown Rice

  • 2 cups short-grain brown rice
  • 1 tsp 5-spice powder

For the Steamed Broccoli

  • 2 large heads of broccoli, cut into florets
  • Himalayan or sea salt

    Tofu, Spicy Rice and Broccoli

For the Sauce

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ¼ cup  tamari
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot or cornflour
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated or 1 tsp. ground
  • 3 tbsp vegan honey (coconut nectar,  or agave nectar
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil or peanut oil
  • 4-5 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Sesame seeds – toasted, for garnish


  1. Cut the tofu into cubes. In a shallow bowl, combine the arrowroot/cornflour, tamari and ginger. Whisk until smooth. Add the tofu and toss to coat. Let the tofu marinate for at least half an hour or more.
  2. While the tofu is marinating, prepare the rice. Rinse the rice with cool water. Add it to a saucepan with 4 cups of water and 1 tsp. 5-spice powder. Stir, cover and cook over medium-high heat. When the water comes to a boil, lower the heat to low and allow the rice to simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 30-40 minutes. When all the liquid has been absorbed, turn off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Then uncover and fluff with a fork.
  3. When the rice has finished cooking, heat 1 Tbs. of olive oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat, add the tofu to the frypan and cook until golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes per side. Remove the tofu from the frypan and set aside. Wipe out the skillet because you’re going to use it again.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and steam the broccoli until it’s tender but still nice and  green, about 4-5 minutes.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the sesame oil, tamari, arrowroot/cornflour, ginger, honey substitute and hot sauce, if using. Whisk until smooth. Set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Add the spring onions and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add the sauce to the frypan and let it cook until it thickens a bit. If it gets too thick, add some water. Add the tofu to the frypan and toss to coat in the sauce and reheat the tofu.
  6. Garnish the tofu with the toasted sesame seeds and serve with the steamed broccoli and the 5-spice brown rice.

This recipe is adapted from http://www.onegreenplanet.org/author/rhea_parsons

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