Thai Fake-Out: Red Curry Tofu Stir Fry

by Lauren on October 24, 2012

I love Thai food!

Other than sushi, it also happens to be the one cuisine that I have the most difficulty with in recreating at home. I’ve tried many times, but I can never seem to get the flavor or spice just right and I end up getting more frustrated than anything.

I would much rather make a trip to my favorite Thai restaurant and order a big bowl of authentic pad thai than attempt to recreate this classic dish in my own kitchen.  And curry, oh boy! That’s a whole new level of taste that never seems to work for me.

I have yet to find a knock off sauce in the grocery store that comes close to the real thing until a few days ago.

Wegmans has a dish on their hot foods bar that I adore.  It’s simply kale sauteed in a red curry sauce that knocks my socks off every single time.  The sauce is so good that I could probably drink it if it were bottled up.

Well guess what? My wish was granted.

There it is, one of the best curry sauces I’ve come across outside of a real Thai restaurant.  I usually don’t buy bottled dressings or sauces but the ingredient list on this didn’t scare me and I love that it’s made in store so it’s as close to homemade as you can get.

I used this sauce to put together one of the best Thai fake-outs yet! You could certainly make your own sauce, but if you’re like me, using the best bottled sauce you can find will save you a great deal of time and trouble.  I didn’t have any brown rice on hand so I used quinoa which actually turned out to be the better choice.  The quinoa absorbed so much of the sauce so it was preferred over any other grain.

Real Thai food is still top notch but I’m thrilled to find something that can give me the next best thing.

Thai Red Curry Tofu Stir Fry

 

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Thai Red Curry Tofu Stir Fry
Main Entree
4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (I used Shiloh Farms)
  • 1 tsp oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 package of firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp red curry powder
  • ½ cup red curry sauce (I used Wegmans Spicy Red Curry Simmer Sauce)
Instructions
  1. Prepare quinoa as directed and set aside.
  2. Season the tofu with salt, pepper and curry powder.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet and add tofu. Cook over medium high heat for 8 minutes or until browned. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  4. In the same skillet, add broccoli, pepper, and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Stir fry vegetables until they begin to soften. Once the vegetables are slightly tender add chopped kale.
  6. Cook until kale begins to wilt and return tofu back to skillet.
  7. Add curry sauce and bring the mixture to a soft boil.
  8. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thick and sauce is absorbed slightly into the tofu and vegetables.
  9. Divide quinoa onto plates and pour curry mixture over top.

 

Even though this spice claims to be spicy, I found it rather mild which is why I added a bit more curry.  It depends on the sauce that you use but you can always adjust accordingly.

 

Hope you enjoy!

 

Question: What is one take-out dish you can NOT recreate at home? Some things are just better left to the experts. :)   

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{ 20 comments }

Taryn October 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

Looks so good! I absolutely love stir fry, so simple and delicious. I’ve never tried adding tofu though. Even though I’ve tried it at restaurants I’m always afraid to buy it and then not know what to do with. Think I might have to add tofu to next week’s shopping list!!

Lauren October 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

Definitely give it a try. Once you know how to prepare it, it’s not as scary as it seems. :)

Katie @ Livehalffull October 24, 2012 at 9:12 am

You would probably love this recipe! I’ve made it three times within the past three weeks, it’s that good!

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/fall-vegetable-curry-10000002012769/

Lauren October 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

Wow, that does look fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

Erica { EricaDHouse.com } October 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

That dish looks gorgeous (and delicious!) There used to be a pasta dish from Ruby Tuesdays I was *obsessed* with – a Santa Fe chicken pasta. I tried for years to recreate it at home and eventually gave up!

Erica October 24, 2012 at 9:33 am

YUM! Wegmans totally rocks! What a great sauce. The whole dish is just beautiful. There is a place near us that makes the BEST salads…they just kick butt

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries October 24, 2012 at 11:05 am

Recreating Thai curry dishes intimidated me for the longest time too, but then one of my friends shared a super easy authentic recipe with me that is super versatile and delicious! You’ll need to find an Asian supermarket around you, and pick up fish sauce, 2 cans of coconut milk, and your favorite curry paste. You simmer the coconut milk and stir in 1-2 tablespoons of the curry paste (depending on how spicy you like it), add the fish sauce, a meat (if desired), vegetables, garlic, and any other additions you’d like. Bring it to a boil to cook the meat, and then reduce heat. Eat over jasmine rice, and it’s just as good as the restaurants! ;)

Lauren October 24, 2012 at 11:07 am

That sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for the tip!

Natalie @ Free Range Human October 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I actually have a hard time recreating any Chinese food dish. It just seems like it’s never quite the same!

Danielle October 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I love Thai food too! I don’t have it nearly as much as I wish I did though!

Valerie October 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Really wish we had that store in South Carolina. I’ve heard great things about it. Looks yummy!

Lauren October 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm

We don’t have a Whole Foods so Wegmans is the next best thing. :)

Kristin @ My Mission Impossible October 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I’ve never tried thai food, that looks great though!! If I had a Wegman’s near me, I’d definitely give it a shot!

Lauren October 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Wegmans is great! Much like a Whole Foods but slightly more reasonably priced.

Bethany @ Accidental Intentions October 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm

True life: last night, I saw your picture of that curry sauce on Twitter with the hashtag #thainight, and I could NOT figure out what it meant. I was like Tha In Night? What does that even mean?? Hahahaha.

Lauren October 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Hahaha too funny!

Alysha @Shesontherun October 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm

This looks awesome! I wish I could create Chinese takeout. Like orange chicken :)

Cara October 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm

That looks awesome, Thai Curry is great! I wish I could recreate sushi at home, but I’ll leave it to those who know what they are doing!

Alexis @ Hummusapien October 24, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Mmmm I love tofu stir fries–especially with curry! One thing I can’t recreate at home would have to be Chipotle…I’m so obsessed with the guac that I wouldn’t even want to attempt to recreate it!

Lauren October 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Just had Chipotle tonight! You’re right, the gauc will never be able to be recreated.

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