Tofu for my Trance Dance Friends  

I was invited to a Trance Dance Event just recently. What is Trance Dance? Thought you might want to know. In simple terms it’s a dance where we just move to all sorts of instrumental music and let go, feel alive, and get inspired. It’s magical, healing and elevating. All walks of life came together, brought a dish to share, socialized, danced and ate. I’ve learned that the Trance Dance crowd eats mostly vegetarian so I decided to make a spectacular ‘tofu dish’ marinated in a simple sauce, grilled and presented beautifully.

The feedback was positively delicious. Love when my dishes are EATEN! Love when people ask me for the recipe! Love when I know I have to make more next time!

My mantra is: ‘food delicious and presented like art’. Here is my masterpiece: modern, simple, tasty and inspiring. If the MoMA Museum had a food art section I would be all over it.

Tofu makes for a great vegetarian dish. The way I make this grilled tofu recipe is Vietnamese influenced. I do not use sugar but I get the browning of the sauce by allowing the tamari sauce to over cook (almost looks like the sauce is burning) and than adding water and a sprinkle of salt to stop the process of over cooking.  The flavor over the coated tofu is delectable.

Caramelized Grilled Tofu

1 1- lb block of firm tofu
8 tbsp tamari sauce or soy sauce
5 scallions   thinly sliced   (2 scallions save for the end to sprinkle on tofu)
4 cloves garlic   peeled and minced
2 tbsp   freshly minced garlic
Freshly ground black pepper
½ cup water
You can serve over brown rice, sticky rice, jasmine rice
1 cup rice=2 cups water


1. Slice block of tofu in half and place on a paper towel on a wooden board. Place paper towels over tofu and another wooden board over the top of the tofu, and than place a heavy book on top of the wooden board to create a weight over the tofu to drain the tofu of any extra water.
10 minutes.

2. In a small bowl add the tamari sauce, 3 scallions, garlic, ginger, and pepper and combine.

3. Pour the mixture on the grill or pan and heat the sauce until it bubbles, than lower the temperature. Add ½ cup water to the mixture and continue to heat the sauce. Stir the mixture with a wooden or metal spoon. Turn off heat.

4. Cut the tofu into rectangles.

5. Turn on low heat. Place the tofu in the sauce in a single layer and simmer uncovered.

6. Using a tong or spatula, turn the pieces over on each side so the entire tofu rectangles are covered with the sauce. Keep on turning until all sides are browned.

7. Transfer to a platter.

8. Sprinkle remaining 2 scallions over the platter of tofu.

Embrace, Enjoy, Live, Love, Laugh, and EAT!

Much love,

Genia- La Riene de la Cocina

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