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A Pescatarian’s Identity Crisis and Her Vegan Tofu Recipe

Korean Style Tofu
Korean Style Tofu

How I Don’t Starve Myself

I may not be disciplined enough to be a total vegetarian or a vegan yet but itโ€™s encouraging to see so many celebrities like Mike Tyson and politicians like Bill Clinton, becoming vegetarians and vegans. I donโ€™t even want to think about the conversations Iโ€™d have with my mom about becoming a total vegetarian or a vegan after just barely convincing her as to why I don’t eat meat. But, I never say โ€˜neverโ€™ so who knows? But until then, here is my momโ€™s tofu recipe that keeps me from starving to death. I tweaked it a little because she likes her tofu simmered in the sauce for about five minutes but I just pour the sauce over the tofu…so that I don’t starve waiting for it to simmer. You can go to ecokaren and see the detailed instructions with pictures. Enjoy!

Korean Style Tofu

1 container of Firm or Extra Firm Organic Tofu โ€“ sliced in 1/2โ€ณ thick

1/4 C olive oil

1/2 C of soy sauce or Tamari

1/2 C cold water

1/2 C chopped scallions

6 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp red pepper flakes (optional)

1 tsp black sesame seeds (optional)

1 tsp of grated ginger (optional)

Direction

  • Combine scallions, garlic, pepper flakes (optional), ginger (optional) water and soy sauce in a medium bowl.
  • Pat dry tofu slices or drain the water by putting the slices on a cutting board and leave it slanted against something underneath for about half an hour.
  • Heat skillet or pan on medium heat.
  • Brown tofu slices on both sides. This is the hard part. Tofu will undoubtedly stick to the pan if not careful. If you have a ceramic coated non-stick pan, this will be a piece of cake. I have stainless steel pan and it can be a disaster. But I use enough oil (thank goodness olive oil is good for you โ€“ just DO NOT heat in high heat to retain its goodness) and I make sure to tilt the pan to get the oil underneath the tofu so that they wonโ€™t stick. Make sure NOT to flip the tofu too many times because they will crumble. Just lift the edges a little so that oil can get underneath them. Browning one side should take about 5 minutes or so, depending on your stove. Then, turn them over carefully to brown the other side.
  • When both sides are brown, put the tofu pieces on a single layer. Spoon the soy sauce mixture on top of the tofu layer. Then, layer some more tofu and repeat the process. Scrape off any remnants and add them to the tofu. Youโ€™ll love these crunchy pieces. Yum!
  • Serve immediately. But if you make extra, you can spoon the sauce on top of the tofu layers and store them in a glass container. You can eat them cold or reheat in a pan or in a microwave. If you donโ€™t want to bother with browning, you can drizzle the marinade over a cold or steamed tofu too. Store unused marinade in a glass jar for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

Farmers Market and Tofu Photos by: ecokaren

Salmon Sashimi photo by: Sifu Renka

6 comments
  1. B.Linus

    I love tofu which is a staple for me and my kids. It is easy to cook that even my kids can prepare a tofu side dish. This love of tofu is because of a nutritional consulting session I had with Ms. Lisa Shanken.

  2. Natasha

    Hi! I’m new to your blog but just wanted to say I can really relate to this post. I too am a pescatarian. I stopped eating meat 15mths ago. My hubby has joined me and although his family is supportive, mine is not. I’m always getting remarks and them talking for me saying no, she doesn’t eat meat too! I’m from Alberta Canada which is the province of Beef eaters and proud Beef raisers, so I’m very much the odd man out! Anyway, love the blog and look forward to reading more :)

  3. Jennifer

    My Asian parents were also extremely disapproving when I decided to go vegetarian. I had some pretty uncomfortable meals with them in which there really wasn’t much I could eat, and my dad grilled me for being stubborn, weird, and whitewashed. Sigh. They’ve gotten better about it in the past three years.

    I’ve been following your veg journey since the post on your blog, and I am really delighted to hear you’ve found a solution that is working for you. I’ll try your tofu recipe!

  4. INFORMATION

    MYTH: “I know she means well because I am a mom too. I want to make sure my kids are eating well and being fed so that they are not starving to death. Seriously, thatโ€™s how my mom thinks of me โ€“ โ€˜starvingโ€™ all the time, because Iโ€™m not eating meat….”=MYTH).

    NEWS: “THE LARGEST MOST MASSIVE BODYBUILDER IN THE WORLD IS VEGETARIAN”

    At 7feet tall and weighing in at over 435 pounds of massive vegetarian muscle, Rana, known by the nickname “THE GREAT KHALI” is the biggest Bodybuilder in the world and eats NO RED MEAT. He has been in two motion picture films, including Semi-Tough along with with Adam Sandler and in Get Smart with Steve Carrel of The office and the Daily show with Jon Stewart. Rana prepares vegetarian meals, and lives a pleasant life with his wife. He also stars in the WWE wrestling federation. Khali is so massive that the vegetarian weighs over 200 pounds of muscle more than Arnold Schwarzeneggar. So if you ever see or hear ANY person attempt to falsely assert that anyone is starving, weak, small, doesnt get protein, cant build muscle, is small, or any other impression, simply tell them that the biggest and most muscular bodybuilder on earth is Vegetarian. And pass on the picture below:

    LOOK: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vegetarians-dominate-meat-eaters-01/

  5. INFORMATION

    QUOTE: “want to make sure my kids are eating well and being fed so that they are not starving to death… because Iโ€™m not eating meat..To them, not eating meat seemed like a betrayal of a culture that works so hard to provide a good life for the family, which includes having meat on the dinner table.”=MEAT is what hurts children and causes child and human Death.

    NEWS: “A mother today sobbed as she told how her five-year-old son died in one of Britain’s worst E coli outbreaks after being served contaminated meat at his school”

    THE GUARDIAN – UK.

    “Police Inquest begins into death of Mason Jones, a child of 5 years old, who died after eating meat.”

    “Mills, a police community support officer, described how Mason suffered high temperatures, stomach pains and had hallucinations in the two weeks after eating the contaminated food.

    “I tried to do everything I possibly could,” she said. “Mason’s condition deteriorated considerably and he started to hallucinate saying he could see slugs and frogs. He went a yellow colour and started sweating like he’d just come out of a shower.” Mason was admitted to Bristol children’s hospital but died of kidney failure.

    The boy, from Deri, south Wales, was one of more than 150 schoolchildren and adults struck down in the outbreak. Thirty-one people were admitted to hospital but Mason was the only one to die. Butcher William Tudor, 56, was jailed for breaching hygiene laws by allowing raw meat to come into contact with cooked ham and turkey.”

    A mother weeps as eating meat caused the human death of her own child.

    Note: Not just 1 child was killed. Over 150 children and human lives were affected. And this is just 1 incident, in 1 country. There have been over 52 contaminated meat, beef, pork, chicken, and hamburger recalls just in the U.S. and just THIS YEAR ALONE. Just 1 of the recalls out of the 52 was over 4.1 million pounds of infected bacteria-laden meat.

    Note also, that if anyone ever attempts to assert that any vegetable also had salmonella, or ecoli, (as in lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, etc) their statement is debunked. As a point of Science, salmonella and ecoli bacteria are what are called “ENTERIC” bacteria. As in Gastro-ENTER-ological. In other words, salmonella and ecoli CANNOT ORIGINATE ON PLANTS. These bacteria originate in animal intestines. In other words, what you ate came in contact with fecal material that was up inside the feces tract of a livestock animal. Nearly every single instance of salmonella or ecoli on any produce has been traced back to a cattle, pig, or chicken farm, where some cattle or beef farmer got cow feces on the meat, or on his boot and tracked the poo into his truck, in which he laid the vegetables, or used irrigation water from pastureland tainted with urine and animal feces and sprayed it all over the vegetables. In other words, if it weren’t for people eating meat, and cattle farmers herding more and more, none of those plants would have become contaminated in the first place, all of these poisonous bacteria originate as a result of meat.

    Vegetarian is a sign of success. Studies showed Vegetarians tend to have higher social status, live longer, smell better, usually not overweight, more athletic, have higher quality muscle, and have higher IQ children. (This includes fish, which contains methylmercury, which dumbs the human brain. Eating fish causes cognitive damage. Look up “Methylmercuric poison” and “fish”. Then realize that the Omega3 study from all of the sites advocating fish has now been found to be debunked. In other words, sites were acknowledging the brain damage from ingesting fish, but still advocating it because they believed the benefits of the omega3’s “outweighed” the mercury damage, and now the Omega3 “fish oil” data they were basing that on, has all been proven wrong. The end result leaving the brain damage from eating fish. Omega3’s don’t even originate in animals, omega3’s come from plants, not fish. Fish do not even produce omega3’s. Currently the “Fish oil” studies are all debunked and all the merchants that were trying to peddle fish oil are now being called on it and regarded as pushing “Snake Oil”. Remember: Today’s fish is not like from 1,000 years ago. Nearly ALL fish caught today is contaminated due to mercury leakage. )

    Meat is associated with lower social status, diabetes, cancer, sickness, being fat, acne, bad skin, lower IQ, bad body-smell and B.O. It is not “a good life for the children”.

    In this case, eating meat killed a 5 year old child and hurt 150 other children and families.

    Remember, THIS happened, this year, in a 1st world country, in the 21st century, in fact it happened yesterday. And this is just 1 of more than 52 such incidents of meat sickness and death, this year. And the year is not over yet.

    READ:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/23/mason-jones-ecoli-death-inquest

  6. INFORMATION

    OMEGA3 FISH OIL DEBUNKED:

    NEWS: “Study: Fish oil supplements don’t slow dementia” – USATODAY

    “Fish oil supplements don’t slow the progress of dementia, according to a new study.”

    NEWS: Omega 3 “DHA Fish Oils Same As Placebo” – MEDICAL NEWS TODAY

    “Researchers report that those with brain dementia / Alzhimer’s Disease symptoms received no benefit from omega-3 DHA fatty acid (docosahexaenoic acid) (from Fish oil) over an 18-month period”

    If being “SEMI-VEGETARIAN” or specifically PESCATERIAN is being used as a stepping stone in the transition toward becoming a regular vegetarian, that’s fine (fine for you, not fine for the fish or its family), but if fish is being held on for the known debunked-protein-myth, or the now known false omega-3-fish-oil-myth, then ingesting it is merely lowering IQ, and adding to Toxaphene and methylmercury poisoning in the body’s tissues. Mercury from fish crosses the blood-brain barrier, and it definitely should not be consumed by children whose brains are developing, or by pregnat women, whose fetus is being formed, and may be born learning-disabled due to eating fish. But remember, as bad as this is, Red Meat is even worse: causing metasticized lumpy breasts with cancer tumours, throat cancer, pancreatic cancer (the type that killed Patrick Swayze for example), not to mention the heterocyclic amines from any cooked or barbequed grilled meat that causes testicular cancer, and the estrogen in steak that helps a meat-eating man obtain gynecomastia (known in slang “manboobs”).

    FISH OIL OMEGA3 claims now debunked..
    LOOK:
    http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/health/medical/alzheimers/2010-11-02-fish-oil-study_N.htm

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