Monday, March 30, 2009

Meatless Mondays – Honeyed Tofu on Udon with Cucumber Ribbons


Welcome to another edition of Meatless Mondays. 

This week I finally got around to making a recipe that I have been wanting to try for awhile.  I tore it out of Martha Stewart Living, and honestly, don’t remember which month/issue.  The picture of the recipe was appealing, as was the sound of the ingredients. Honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil…all of my favorite flavors, what’s not to like right? 

Wrong.  I hate to say it, but it was a tasteless, watery dish.  Don’t let the nicely browned tofu fool you, it was browned tofu with no flavor.  It would have greatly benefited from marinating in the sauce that you make up to baste it with before baking.  Then you pour the rest of the said sauce, over the noodles and cucumber ribbons.  Well, that yields a watery sauce at the bottom of the bowl, and zero sauce really flavoring the noodles.  Lackluster and bland, is really the only way I can sum it up.

I really don’t know where I went wrong.  I followed the recipe exactly, only substituting regular spaghetti noodles when I realized we had already used up our udon noodles.  I don’t think that would have been enough to ruin the dish?  ??


All was not lost, we had a delicious Lemon Drop martini with our homemade limoncello.   You see, Meatless Mondays, are occasionally also Martini Mondays!  Weee!!!   To find our recipe for the limoncello, go here.  And how I make it into lemon drop martinis, see here. 


Do you ever have high hopes for a recipe and it turns out to be a dud? 


Kelly said...

Darn. It really did look delicious from the picture. The same thing does happen to me and I always wonder if I should continue to eat it even if it's not satisfying or dump into the trash and cut my losses. I hate wasting food so it's always a dilemma for me.

Cookie said...

I feel like most of the time when I make Tofu, it turns out bland and almost inedible. My boyfriend won't even touch the stuff so I just stopped making it. Maybe you can just use seafood instead?

eatingRD said...

It does look yummy, but too bad it didn't turn out. I like to use TJ's marinated tofu because it has great flavor and it's ready to go. Love lemon drop martinis and I didn't ever know you could make your own limoncello! Cool!

Sharon said...

Tofu is sometimes hard to nail down. when all else fails in the kitchen, make a yummy drink!

noble pig said...

I hate when things are tasteless. Did you end up salting it?

Yeah for limoncello!

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Unknown said...

Martha Steward removed this from their website where I had it saved. Super bummed because it's sooooooooo gooooood!!! And now I can't find the recipe, so I'm winging it. If you still have it, can you post it? Clearly they gave it up to the public domain. Thanks!