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      Black Pepper Tofu

      You are in for a super taste but surprise with this dish, its easy to make, and looks like it was made by a chinese master chef. The heat from the black pepper and chiles is sure to wake up your senses, however if you want to modify the spice just reduce the amount you put in. The point of the dish is to be spicy so don't hold back on them too much. 

      INGREDIENTS

      1 3/4 lbs firm tofu

      Vegetable oil for frying

      Cornstarch to dust the tofu

      11 tbsp butter

      12 small shallots (12 ounces in total), thinly sliced

      8 fresh red chiles (fairly mild ones), thinly sliced

      12 garlic cloves, crushed

      3 tbsp chopped fresh ginger

      3 tbsp sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)

      3 tbsp light soy sauce

      4 tsp dark soy sauce

      2 tbsp sugar

      5 tbsp coarsely crushed black peppercorns (use a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder)

      16 small and thin green onions, cut into 1 1/4-inch segments

      PREPARATION

      1.)Start with the tofu. Pour enough oil into the Titanium Elite Wok to come 1/4 inch up the sides and heat. 

      2.)Cut the tofu into large cubes, about 1 x 1 inch. Toss them in some cornstarch and shake off the excess, then add to the hot oil. (You'll need to fry the tofu pieces in a few batches so they don't stew in the pan.) 

      3.)Fry, turning them around as you go, until they are golden all over and have a thin crust. As they are cooked, transfer them onto paper towels.

      4.)Remove the oil and any sediment from the pan, then put the butter inside and melt it. Add the shallots, chiles, garlic and ginger. Sauté on low to medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the ingredients have turned shiny and are totally soft. Next, add the soy sauces and sugar and stir, then add the crushed black pepper.

      5.)Add the tofu to warm it up in the sauce for about a minute. Finally, stir in the green onions. Serve hot, with steamed rice.