This marinade was created as a result of a conversation we had at the Northern Vegan Festival in Manchester. We were exchanging our favourite tofu marinades with some customers at our stall and agreed this is one of the best. If you want sweet, tasty cubes of tofu with a kick then this marinade is for you. Thanks and joint credits for this recipe go to the anonymous but lovely festival goers and tofu enthusiasts of Manchester, UK.
60g or 1/4 cup raw, grated ginger
4 cloves garlic
3 tbsp maple syrup (or agave syrup if you prefer)
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp hot water
1 pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Grate the ginger and garlic into a flat bottomed dish or grind in a food processor. Add the maple syrup, vinegar, oil and hot (just boiled) water and stir to combine. Add the salt and pepper to taste. Cube the well pressed tofu and add to the marinade. Leave the tofu marinating for an hour or more and then either bake it in the marinade in a hot oven (180 deg C) for 20 minutes or fry in a little oil until the tofu is golden brown and crispy.
Serve in a myriad of different ways, pictured is a simple sticky rice Buddha Bowl with spring greens, cucumber slices, sesame seeds and thinly-sliced, super sweet chioggia beetroot (not an essential, but a beautiful addition to any Buddha Bowl)