, Lunch, Under 30 minutesTOFUKEN CHOW MEIN
  • Tofuken Chow Main - Chow main with braised tofu and a delicious Hoisin style sauce

This is one of those recipes i have on hand when 1. i have to use up veggies in the fridge 2. when i haven’t got alot of free time 3. when im feeding a crowd and/or 4. When its a sunday night and i feel like chinese. With this recipe you’ll be bringing the chinese “take-out” home for less than 3eur per person and without any of the grease / saturated fat / cholesterol. Its super easy to make, takes less than 30 minutes and packs such a punch of flavour. The flavour is incredible considering the little time it takes to make (I actually caught Hubs licking the sauce off the plate)! Its also a great thing to make if you’re feeding omnivoures, since the braised tofu seriously looks and tastes like meat/chicken. I tested this on my tough Omni brother, and if

it passed him, trust me, it passes! When i first opened the tin, it actually scared me it looked so much like meat. Seriously, look at the pic below!

I also consider this a great detoxifying dish, because of the incredible ingredients such as ginger, chilli, peppers, broccoli, tofu, garlic etc. Jam-Packed with Vitamin C, Protein but minimal fat, high in soluble fibre and anti-oxidants – this is perfect for a time when you think you may have over indulged.

Unfortunately the photo does not do the flavour justice at all! Apologies for the photos 🙂


i would recommend topping it with toasted sesame seeds for extra calcium and crunch, sliced avocado for healthy fats and lastly fresh coriander for that added asian flavour and zing. Remember to let me know if you make it, or drop me a comment if you dont know where to find braised tofu.

With plant-based love, always

Tofuken Chow Mein

Tofuken Chow Main - Chow main with braised tofu and a delicious Hoisin style sauce

  • Total Time: 25m


  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil / 2κ.σ. λάδι σουσάμις
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped / κόκκινο κρεμμύδι ψιλοκομμένο
  • 2 garlic cloves minced / σκελίδες σκόρδο, τριμμένες
  • 1 carrot, sliced / 1 καρότο, κομμένο
  • 1 small broccoli head, cut into bite-sized florets / 'κεφάλι' μπρόκολο, κομμένο σε μικρότερα κομμάτια
  • 2 peppers (1 red, 1 green), sliced to strips / 2 πιπεριές (1 κόκκινο, 1 πράσινο) κομμένες σε λωρίδες
  • 5 medium mushrooms, sliced / μανιτάρια κομμένα
  • 1 tbsp. ground coriander / 1κ.σ. σπαστό κόλιανδρο
  • 3 tbsp. canned sweetcorn / 3κ.σ. καλαμπόκι
  • 1 tin Braised Tofu (Marigold in this recipe - see pic below) *
  • buckwheat or whole-wheat egg-free noodles / νούτλς χωρίς αυγό

Sauce / Marinade

  • 2cm piece of ginger, minced / 2εκ. κομμάτι τζίντζερ, λιωμένο
  • 3 tbsp. hoisin sauce / Σως χόισιν
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. ketchup / 1.5κ.σ. κέτσαπ
  • 2 tbsp. honey / 2κ.σ. μέλι
  • 6 tbsp. hot water / 6κ.σ. ζεστό νερό
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice, or rice vinegar / 3κ.σ. χυμό λεμονιού
  • 3 tbsp. dark soy sauce / 3κ.σ. σόγια σως
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil / 1κ.σ. λάδι σουσαμης
  • 2 tsp. chinese 5-spice / 2κ.γ. κινέζικο 5-spice
  • 1 tsp. chilli spice / 1.κ.γ. τσίλι
  • 1 tbsp. cornflour / 1κ.σ. κόρν-φλάουερ

Toppings (optional)

  • toasted sesame seeds, sliced avocado, fresh coriander



  1. Mix together all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl or cup so that they're combined. Set aside and cook your noodles according to packet.

Stir fry

  1. Heat 2tbsp sesame oil in a medium/large saucepan. Add in all the vegetables except the sweetcorn, coriander and tofu. Stir and leave for 2-3 minutes
  2. Allow to saute for 10mins more, stirring every so often. The veggies are ready when the peppers look soft but still retain shape. Now, add in the Braised Tofu, sweetcorn and ground coriander. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Give the sauce you prepared earlier a good stir and then pour this in the pan. Lower the heat to low. Stir fry for 2 minutes more.
  4. Turn off heat. Mix the noodles through the stir-fry so that the noodles are covered in the veg and sauce. To serve: sprinkle toasted sesame seeds and fresh coriander on top

* You can find this Braised Tofu in Alphamega stores (Asian section) and in Metro (health section). Alphamega usually stocks more, so that may be a safer option!


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  1. asian wedding planner 19th February 2017 at 12:45 am - Reply

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