Best dishes countdown #78: Spicy Golden Tofu from Peninsula

It looks innocent enough, but the Spicy Golden Tofu packs a flavorful punch.

It looks innocent enough, but the Spicy Golden Tofu packs a flavorful punch.

No pain, no gain. Keep that refrain in mind when you pop a morsel of this tongue-numbing dish into your mouth. The first bite will hurt, but it will also shock your taste buds so that the next bite is less painful. Then you’ll take the next bite, and the next. Because the tofu isn’t just spicy, it is also incredibly flavorful and sort of addictive, with the perfect combination of salty, spicy, crunchy, and creamy.

Peninsula makes its tofu in-house; chances are you will never taste fresher bean curd this side of the ocean. The tofu is stir-fried with onions and bell peppers, but it’s the magic dust they coat it with that makes it impossible to stop eating. If you shy away from anything spicier than ketchup, this is not your dish. But if you crave the heat, you might want to order two servings. 

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