Crispy Tofu Recipe With Noodle Salad

Seared sesame tofu with noodle salad

  • serves 2
  • Easy

A great vegetarian alternative to a Chinese takeaway, the sesame seeds and red chilli liven up this tofu dish. According to the Chinese, the noodles give longevity, bonus!



  • firm tofu 400g pack
  • sesame seeds 1 tbsp
  • red chilli 1, seeded and chopped
  • soy sauce 2 tbsp
  • caster sugar 2 tbsp
  • Chinese black vinegar or rice wine vinegar 2 tbsp
  • Chinese egg noodles 200g
  • sesame oil 1 tbsp
  • spring onions 4, finely chopped


  • Step 1

    Wrap the tofu in heavy layers of kitchen paper then press gently to remove as much excess water as possible. Repeat a couple of times. Slice the tofu in half horizontally into 2 flat pieces. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

  • Step 2

    Mix the chilli with the soy, sugar, vinegar and one tablespoon of water. Cook the noodles in salted boiling water until al dente and drain.

  • Step 3

    Heat a frying pan with the sesame oil until very hot. Sear the tofu for about 2 minutes each side or until golden and crisp. Put the noodles on two plates, top with the tofu and pour the dressing over both. Finish with the spring onions.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 427
  • Fat 16.5g
  • Carbs 52.5g
  • Fibre 2.2g
  • Protein 20.5g
  • Salt 4.16g