This healthier, vegan General Tso’s Tempeh features chunks of crispy fried tempeh, all drenched in that deliciously sweet, tangy and slightly spicy sauce we all love so much.
Man, do I ever love me a good General Tso’s… Anything! I mean typically, General Tso’s is supposed to be made with chicken, right? But honestly, I think that the sweet and sticky and tangy and slightly spicy sauce that makes the dish what it is goes well with just about everything: tempeh, cauliflower, mushrooms, tofu, TVP, name it! If I had my way, I’d have a recipe for each and every one of those options on the blog! But hey, there’s plenty of other dishes worth exploring too, so this might have to wait a bit…
For now, let’s go with tempeh! While nothing will ever perform exactly like chicken, tempeh is a very decent “replacement”, me finds. Once deep-fried, it gets all nice and crispy on the outside and keeps a soft, slightly chewy and tender interior.
Cuz yeah… typically, General Tso’s is supposed to be deep fried, to make those sauce-drenched morsels of food all nice and golden and crispy. While I do tend to agree with that concept, I often find that I’m not really in the mood for deep frying, or that I don’t really have time for all the fuss… With that in mind, I’m giving you the option here: to fry or not to fry. For the blog post, I went all out and took the deep-fried route, but say you were in a pinch, or simply preferred to pass on the deep frying, you could just as well take a short-cut and skip that entire deep-frying section.
Although I must admit that if you forego the deep-frying, your tempeh nuggets won’t be getting that nice, yummy, crispy exterior shell; so if time and mood permit, I say you should totally go for it.