Eat this before the GRE

The subject of this post is misleading. Before I took the GRE, I ate a donut and Gatorade from a local Sheetz. If you’ve never been to Sheetz, you’ve never been to Virginia. They have this thing called a smagel, which is really crappy marketing for a bagel. It’s also worth eating, just not before you test your vocab skills. Anyway, if you’re like me, you were up all night thinking you could increase your score by brushing up on practice questions the night before–really, who pulls an all nighter for the GRE? This guy.

So, when you’re done with the GRE, make this (maybe to celebrate maybe to wallow away in delicious tofu).  I made it the other night and was surprised with the outcome. I don’t usually eat tofu, I’m from Iowa, we eat pork, but the tofu had a great texture and the mint gives it a hint of summer. Don’t leave me summer:

Rice Noodle Bowls with Crispy Tofu

Ingredients:

2 red bell pepper, very thinly sliced

1 small head green cabbage, thinly sliced

2 cucumbers, sliced into half-moons

1 box rice noodles

3 green onions, minced

16 oz extra firm tofu, sliced into small triangles

1/2 cup cornstarch

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp oil

handful of roasted peanuts, roughly chopped

fresh mint, minced

fresh cilantro, minced

bean sprouts (about a handful per bowl)

for sauce—

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 tbsp fish sauce

1/4 cup warm water

2 tsp sesame oil

2 tbsp fresh minced ginger

2 tsp sriracha

2 tbsp maple syrup

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add the rice noodles and turn off the heat. Let noodles sit in hot water for about five minutes, then drain and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Squeeze excess water from the noodles and set aside until serving.

Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat.

Combine the cornstarch and salt in a bowl. Dip each tofu triangle in the cornstarch then place in the hot skillet. Fry triangles for about four minutes per side, or until golden brown. Once done, remove carefully and place on paper towels to drain.

Now, make the sauce! Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk well.

To assemble rice noodle bowls, place a mixture of rice noodles and cabbage in the bottom of each bowl. Top with bell pepper slices, cucumber, two tofu triangles, bean sprouts, green onions,  mint, cilantro and chopped peanuts.  Drizzle sauce over top or serve sauce alongside bowls.

Brad Miller

Director of Admissions

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