Back of 'Wich of the Week: Tofu and Chinese Broccoli With all this talk about Chinese barbecue and dim-sum Olympics parties, I've had Chinese food on the brain. So on my last trip to the farmers market, I picked up some Chinese broccoli, a yummy in-season green that tastes like a cross between asparagus, broccoli, and bok choy. After making a tofu stir-fry, I refocused the remaining ingredients into an elegant vegetarian sandwich. I used wheat bread, because that's what I had on hand, but any sliced bread will do. I also had some garlicky homemade almond butter leftover from another recipe, but if you don't want to make your own, I recommend mixing crushed garlic into regular peanut butter or almond butter for an Asian-inspired spread. To get both recipes and see how I made this tofu treat, . Tofu and Chinese Broccoli Sandwich Original recipe Ingredients4 stalks Chinese broccoli, washed and ends trimmed (if you can't find Chinese broccoli, asparagus or bok choy are good substitutes) 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/8 cup sake or rice-wine vinegar 2 slices wheat bread 1 tablespoon almond butter (or more to taste) 2 oz. baked tofu (such as Soy Deli Five Spice), cut into 1/4-inch slices Directions Preheat oven to 300°F. In a skillet over low heat, combine vegetable oil, soy sauce, and Chinese broccoli; toss to coat. Cook broccoli for about 5 minutes, turning frequently, until leaves start to wilt and stalks begin to brown. To the skillet, add sake or rice-wine vinegar and cook for an additional 5 minutes, using the liquid to deglaze the pan. When the broccoli is tender, remove from heat. Lay both slices of bread on an baking sheet or other oven safe platter. On one slice of bread, spread half the almond butter and top with the tofu slices. Using a spatula, lay the broccoli atop of the tofu, and drizzle any remaining liquid from the pan on top. Place both slices of bread and the toppings in the oven for about 5 minutes, until bread is toasted. Spread remaining almond butter on other slice of bread, and press it, spread-side down, onto the broccoli. Cut in half and serve. Makes one sandwich. Information Category Main Dishes, Sandwiches Cuisine Chinese Almond Butter From ied From Epicurious Ingredients1/2 cup toasted Marcona almonds 1/2 garlic clove, chopped Pinch of cayenne 1/2 to 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil DirectionsGrind almonds to a paste with garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cayenne in a food processor. With motor running, add just enough oil to make a silky paste. Season with salt. Makes about 1 cup. Information Category Other, Condiments/Sauces View 10 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10 Comments Baby-Girl 9 years This looks good. Now I'm thinking up some good tofu sandwiches. bluebellknoll 9 years Haha, shoneyjoe! I believe you're right! *throws hands in air and curses* shoneyjoe 9 years bluebellknoll - Ancient Chinese Secret. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calgon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjNRXfRXnoc bluebellknoll 9 years I'm not so sure about this sammich. But why is it that when I have chinese broccoli at a restaurant it's always tender and delicious but when I try to make it at home it comes out tough and stringy??? I've made it like Yum does in the recipe above but it just doesn't come out like when I order it at dim sum. Does anyone have any cooking tips they'd like to share? ilanac13 9 years i'm always a fan of a new and delicious vegetarian option since i don't eat meat, or fish, and it's limiting to keep going back to the failsafe of a BLT w/o the B :) HangryPants 9 years I think that looks good! I just made tofu at home for the first time, so I'm in a tofu phase right now! Thanks. www.hangrypants.com bigestivediscuit 9 years I love Chinese broccoli and I love tofu. But I do not think - actually, I know - the combination of all of that with BREAD will not work. Not for me. juicylove 9 years that actually sounds so good Nan-Einhart 9 years Almost famous: go to your room. Nan-Einhart 9 years This might be outside my previous experience with sandwiches, but it looks exotic, vegetarian, and delicious. You have not steered us wrong yet. cvandoorn 9 years Ew. This looks nasty. Garlicky almond butter? No thanks. Tofu on bread? No way! pinkerbell03 9 years Yum!! I love tofu sandwiches! Thanks for throwing in a veggie option, it always seems to be a meat-heavy sandwich, eww. shoneyjoe 9 years Great to see Chinese broccoli getting some love, but it's always a little stringy and hard to bite through with the teeth. Thus, I think it might not be the right fit for a sandwich, since I'd end up dragging bits of filling with me after every bite. itsme3683 9 years Interesting! Not sure if I'll try it, but I like all of those things separately, I just don't know about how eating Chinese broccoli on a sandwich would be. almost-famous 9 years Fuck no! SillyGirl 9 years I love tofu, I love broccoli, I love wheat bread, and I love love almond butter..... but something about this sandwich seems weird to me.