Five-Spice Tofu


  • 2 cakes firm tofu
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 2 whole stars of star anise
  • 1 teaspoon molasses


  1. Cut each cake of tofu in half horizontally.
  2. Combine marinade ingredients in a pot wide enough to accept the four tofu pieces in a single layer. Bring marinade to a boil and add tofu. Simmer, uncovered, on very low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and marinate for 3 hours, turning 2 or 3 times.
  4. Keep refrigerated and wrapped for up to a week.

Source: Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant Cookbook

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