Thai Spicy Tofu Tacos w/ Hazelnut Chipotle Compote + Edamame Turmeric Lime Hummus
Difficulty: 2/5 (5 being hardest)
Spice Level: 3/3 (3 being spiciest)
Prep & Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 tacos
The Challenge: Thai Spicy Tacos
Do you like Thai food? Yeah, I know its pretty awesome. Really good Thai food to me is very fresh, spicy, limey, and delicious. I don't eat a lot of pasta or noodles, so I wanted to find a solid gluten free / grain free way to have that amazing Thai flavor in a VEGAN way. The taco may be the PERFECT vessel for this.
What makes a great Thai dish?! There are a number of spices, herbs, and ingredients we want to include for authentic Thai dishes. Here is a short list of the ones you'll want to consider including. I know it can be difficult to find all these or include them in budgeting, but if you can pick a few, they'll make things come to life. I'll also suggest some replacements next to each one. Here it is:
1. Thai Paste: The key to any Thai dish is to make a really nice paste. You can buy these pre-made, but they'll be full of sodium and potentially fish products.
Shallots, garlic, and thai chiles (red or green) are the building blocks for a paste. You'll want to mix these together with herbs and spices to make what is like a nice dry crumbly paste.
2. Coriander Seeds (coriander): Dry roasting seeds and grind with mortar + pestle. Add to paste.
3. Green or Pink Peppercorns: Dry roasting seeds and grind with mortar + pestle. Add to paste.
4. Lemongrass: Chop up or use ground lemongrass and add to paste.
5. Turmeric: Grounded or fresh and chopped.
6. Ginger: Grounded or fresh and chopped.
7. Thai Basil: Fresh chopped.
We took these amazing ingredients and added them to a great base - tofu, which retains a lot of different flavors. Additionally, we paired it with two amazing additions - edamame hummus + hazelnut chipotle compote.
For the compote, we mixed hazelnut with chipotles and several other ingredients for another amazing element to these tacos. I call it a compote because hazelnuts even if soaked tend to stay rough and so the sauce has texture to it rather than a smoothness BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN ITS NOT AMAZING!!!!
Thai Spicy Tofu
- 14 oz extra firm tofu
- 1 tsp pink peppercorns
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 medium shallot, chopped
- 2 garlic gloves, minced
- 4 small Thai red chiles, minced
- 1 tbl olive oil
- 1/2 inch fresh turmeric, minced
- 1 inch fresh ginger, minced
- 1/2 tsp basil,
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- Salt + Pepper, to taste
- 1/4 tsp coriander, ground
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Equipment You'll Need:
Medium Mixing Bowl . Cutting Board . Medium Slicing Knife . Food Processor . Small Frying Pan . Medium Frying Pan or Wok . Mortar + Pestle . Serving Dishes
Before You Cook:
- Bring 1 cup of water to boil and pour onto hazelnuts. Soak hazelnuts for 20-25 minutes.
- Mince fresh ingredients