Monday, July 28, 2014

Emile Noël Artisan Sesame Oil Review: Hot and Sweet Sesame Tofu

Huilerie Emile Noël is a fourth generation French oil mill founded in the 1920s, now offering their artisan oils in the USA. Huilerie Emile Noël offers a variety of organic, non gmo, virgin-pressed oils including: mild olive, robust olive, sesame, toasted sesame, sunflower oil, sunflower spray, pumpkin seed, hazelnut, walnut, and sweet almond.

Emile Noël Artisan Oil is currently available at select Whole Foods Markets in the United States. For a store near you check out the site. Follow along with them on Facebook.

I chose to review their Artisan Sesame Oil since sesame oil is a big hit here. I made Hot and Sweet Sesame Tofu served up along side Chicken Garlic Scallion Noodles which I drizzled with the sesame oil before serving. At least 1 of my 3 kiddos went back for seconds, including the tofu!! I'll definitely be making this again!

Hot and Sweet Sesame Tofu
adapted from Honest Cooking

1 block firm tofu
1/4 cup cornstarch
pinch of salt
2 tbsp sesame seeds
4 green onions, sliced

For the sauce:
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp tamari
1 tsp seasoned vinegar
1 tsp sambal oelek
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp freshly grated garlic
2 tsp Emile Noël Sesame Oil
1/4 cup oil, for shallow frying

Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a pan.
Simmer on low heat until it starts to bubble up a bit. Continue to simmer for 2-3 mins and then turn off flame. If your tofu came packed in water, cut in half, drain completely pressing between kitchen towels to extract extra moisture. Cut into bite-sized cubes and dredge in the cornstarch until fully coated.

Heat oil for shallow frying in a pan and add the tofu pieces in small batches making sure they don't overlap at all. Fry until light golden brown (a few minutes per side so it gets crispy), drain and continue until you are done with the entire batch. Drain on kitchen towels to absorb the extra oil.

Add the fried tofu to a wide bowl and pour the sauce on top. Top off with the sesame seeds and chopped spring onions. Toss well to coat.

*Disclosure* I wrote this review for "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" about Huilerie Emile Noël Artisan Oils. The product(s) in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting my review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Product info and stock images if any are provided by PR or Co.

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