That secret, according to Michael Natkin of Herbivoracious, is pan-fried tofu. Do it right and it'll make a crispy brown crust that's a delicious in a variety of dishes. Here's how to do it.
1. Buy good tofu.
2. Cut your tofu into slabs that are 3/8" thick.
3. Soak your tofu in hot, salted water for 15 minutes (optional).
4. Pat your tofu dry with a clean dish or paper towel.
5. Pan fry it in a big cast-iron skillet. Don't skip on the oil, don't overcrowd the pan, and cook on one side until it's deeply brown before flipping.
Read the Full Tutorial: How to Make Tofu Really Freaking Delicious at Herbivoracious
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(Image: Michael Natkin for Herbivoracious)