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Chilli-Glazed Tofu, Coconut Tamarind Broth, Greens and Rice Noodles

  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation: 15
  • Cooking: 45
  • Passive: 40
  • Ready: 100

A knockout dish from Paradiso – gather together your ingredients, assemble and enjoy!


For the broth

  • 60 g shallots, chopped
  • 100 g ginger, sliced
  • 2 fresh red chillies, deseeded & chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 150 g carrot, chopped
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 800 ml coconut milk
  • 250 ml stock
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • small handful each of fresh coriander and fresh basil
  • ½ tablespoon tamarind concentrate

For the tofu, greens and noodles

  • 50 g thin rice vermicelli
  • 250 ml sambal oelek
  • 125 ml water
  • 125 ml tamari
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 500 g tofu, in sixteen thick slices
  • a generous quantity of choi, kai lan and/or other Asian greens
  • 400 g wide rice noodles


To make the broth

Put the shallots, ginger, chillies, garlic and carrots in a food processor and pulse to get a coarse mash. Heat some oil in a pot and fry the mash for 6-8 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients except the tamarind. Simmer for 30 minutes, then let stand another 30.

Strain through a sieve and return the liquid to the pot. Stir in the tamarind, taste and season with salt.

To make the tofu, greens and noodles

Deep-fry the thin vermicelli in a saucepan until lightly coloured. Remove onto kitchen paper and leave to crisp.

Whisk together the sambal oelek, water, tamari, lemon and sugar. Place the tofu slices in the marinade for just ten minutes.

Heat a little oil in a wide frying pan. Fry the tofu slices until well-browned on both sides. Pour a tablespoon of marinade over each slice and continue to cook over high heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until the marinade reduces and coats the tofu.

Steam the greens briefly. Heat the broth gently.

Cook the wide rice noodles in boiling water until tender. Drain in a colander.

To serve

Pour a generous ladle of broth into each bowl. Place the noodles in the bowl and arrange the greens and tofu slices on top. Garnish with the crisped vermicelli.

Additonal notes

Recipe courtesy of Paradiso

Paradiso in Cork has long attracted international acclaim for the innovative and groundbreaking vegetable cuisine of Denis Cotter, founder and executive chef. With its emphasis on rich, complex flavours and a focus on ingredients from the nearby vegetable farm Gortnanain, the Paradiso kitchen continues to deliver a unique dining experience in a relaxed, intimate setting.

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