"When I can't get kosher meat,I simply do without but today I just craved something meaty. I had a pack of extra-firm tofu in the fridge and this is what I did with it. Baking the tofu before frying helps to crisp it up and imparts the meatiness I was seeking. My BFF thought it was fish at first glance. He is not into "foreign foods" but he was very enthusiastic about these yummy little bites when served with the Dipping Sauce."
Drain and dry off the block of tofu.Cut in half lengthwise then slice each half into 1/4 inch slices,about 14 pieces in total.Drain the pieces between paper towels for about 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Season the tofu pieces with salt and pepper and let sit for 10 minutes. Pat off any excess moisture then sprinkle with the seasoned cornstarch to coat.
Bake the tofu on a lightly oiled cookie sheet for 10 to 15 minutes.
Heat the oil for frying. When the baking tofu begins to turn color in about seven minutes,turn over and continue baking until the upper side colors,about ten minutes in total then transfer to the heated oil which should reach just halfway up the sides of the tofu pieces. Fry until golden brown,two minutes per side then drain on paper towels.
Serve hot with Dipping Sauce or in tomato sauce with rice.