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Tofu and Tree Seeds

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Tofu and Tree Seeds
1 piece firm tofu, cut into eight pieces
1 onion, cut in triangular wedges
6 shiitake mushrooms, soaked and quartered
6 straw mushrooms. cut in half
1 Tablespoon water chestnut flour or cornstarch
1/4 cup corn oil
1/2 cup pickled tree seeds, rinsed once
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon light soy sauce
1 Tablespoon cornstarch mixed with three tablespoons water
1. Dry tofu, onions, and both mushrooms then toss them together with the water chestnut flour.
2. Heat oil and fry half the tofu mixture for one minute then drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
Reserve one tablespoon of the oil.
3. Heat oil, add the tree seeds and the fried ingredients and stir-fry one minute then add half cup of water, sesame oil. and soy sauce and cover, simmering this for five minutes. Remove the cover and thicken with the cornstarch and water mixture, then serve.

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