Baked Chinese Style Tofu

Tofu from Chinese restaurants is usually so good. Chewy, flavorful and delicious. I have tried to re-create it with carrying degrees of success. This recipe is from PPK, and while its not exactly like your run of the mill take out, its pretty tasty and really easy.

PPK included this tip, but I didn't have time. Will try this next time! "To make the tofu even more chewy, freeze the tofu the night before and let it thaw all day in the fridge, then wrap it in a kitchen towel and press it under the weight of a heavy object for an hour, turning occasionally."

1 package extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
2 tablespoons grated ginger
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
4 teaspoons tamari (soy) sauce (more to taste)
2 teaspoons veg oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine all ingredient for the marinade in a small bowl and whisk.

Cut the tofu into 8 slices. Pour 1/2 marinade into the baking dish and dredge tofu slices. Pour the other half of marinade over the tofu. Let sit 10-15 minutes while the oven is pre-heating.

Cover baking dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from over and flip pieces over. Cook 20 more minutes. Turn the broiler on low, and broil for 2 minutes on each side.

Serve with some rice.