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General Tso Soy Curls


4 oz soy curls (dry), see notes for where to buy and sub options

General tso's Sauce:

1/2 cup warm water /veggie broth
3 to 4 tbsp sugar or coconut sugar or other sweetener
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce use tamari to make gluten-free
2 tsp mirin rice wine
2 to 3 tbsp rice vinegar
1.5 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 tsp sambal oelek chile paste optional or sriracha or pepper flakes to taste
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
3 cloves minced garlic

Stir fry:

1 tsp oil (safflower or sesame)
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1/4 cup chopped green onions ,white portions as well, use greens for garnish
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 green bell pepper
1 cup zuchini or carrots or other veggies
1 Tbsp cornstarch


Mix the marinade. Add soy curls and mix and soak for 10-15 mins. Toss twice in between so all soy curls marinate well.
Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add oil. When hot, add garlic and green onion and toss for a few seconds.
Fish out the soy curls from the marinade and add to the pan, cook for 4 to 5 mins to brown some edges. (you can also toss the marinated soy curls in cornstarch before using for extra crispness). Add the peppers and veggies and mix. Add a pinch of salt and cook for 2 mins
Add 1 tbsp cornstarch and 1/4 cup water to the remaining marinade and mix well.
Add the marinade sauce mixture to the pan and mix. Cover and cook for 3 to 4 mins to thicken. Stir once in between. Also taste at the time to adjust flavor. Add salt, sugar, heat if needed. Let sit covered for another min.
Serve with rice and blanched broccoli. garnish with green onions , toasted sesame seeds, and fresh black pepper.


More Saucy: For saucier, double the sauce, add in some more veggies if desired.
Szechuan version:Heat 2 tsp oil. add 1 tsp crushed schezuan peppercorns and cook until roasted.Drain the oil into the marinade and use.
Soy curls are not same as soy chunks that are chewier and take much longer to cook. Soy curls can be found in some grocery stores or online on amazon.
Use Tofu or chickpeas to substitute soy curls . For Tofu, use firm or extra firm(10 to 14 oz), press for 15 mins, then toss in cornstarch and bake at 400 deg F for 20 mins or pan fry to crisp. Add to the skillet after adding the sauce.
Or use 1 can chickpeas drained
Nutrition is for 1 serve, does not include rice or noodles.
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