Pulo Grilled Tofu Bowl with Baby Bok Choy & Cashews


Do you see that magnificent bowl of food? Punchy grilled tofu bursting with tangy flavour, grilled baby bok choy, sweet n’ salty candied cashews, fresh pops of green onion, and a heap of perfectly cooked, fluffy rice. All that, topped with a simmered sauce made primarily with Pulo’s Pineapple Tamarind marinade, the key to today’s recipe.

This is my 3rd recipe using the bright, popping flavours of Pulo’s line of vegan marinades and sauces inspired by cuisine and islands of the Phillipines. My first recipe last November was this Kare Kare Toasted Peanut Tofu & Vegetables, then these delightful Marinated Tofu Naan Wraps with Avocado Lime Slaw in January. Next up? Something super summer-y and preferably grilled, coming up in August!

Since it’s almost summer, we’re focusing on the marinades: Lemongrass Atsuete (inspired by Cebu Island), Mango Chili (Guimaras Island), and today’s feature: Pineapple Tamarind, inspired by Samal Island. Each one of these bottles is just begging to be by your BBQ’s side this summer.

The Pineapple Tamarind marinade is bursting with bright fruity acidity, a sweet-salty tang, and a little bit of heat. Allowing the flavourful marinade to take center stage, I decided to keep everything in this bowl pretty simple and just utilise the marinade in a number of ways. The tofu is marinated and grilled, the bok choy is lightly brushed with the marinade and grilled, the cashews are toasted and candied in it, and the leftover marinade is simmered with a touch of extra soy sauce and water, before drizzling it over the bowl. 1 marinade, 4 different applications, resulting in 1 deliciously flavourful and hearty bowl. Yum!

To my lovely Canadian readers: Pulo would has offered to gift one of you wonderful people with their line of cooking sauces and marinades! To enter, comment below telling me your favourite part of summer eating! Is it all the beautiful produce? Growing your own fruits and veggies? Getting out and grilling some veggie burgers? Or maybe it’s just trying to eat an entire watermelon to yourself. I want to know! Giveaway complete. Thank you for entering and congratulations Teresa!

PS: Pulo is available in Canada and in California (at Cost Plus World Market), but if you scroll alllll the way to the bottom of the recipe for a little “OH-no!-I-can’t-buy-Pulo-here” marinade recipe that will have you eating a tasty, albeit completely different, grilled tofu, baby bok choy, candied cashew rice bowl in no time.

This post is sponsored by Pulo Philippine Cuisine. We love them for their easy to prepare and 100% vegan cooking sauces and marinades. Thanks for supporting the brands that support I Love Vegan! Learn more about why we love Pulo Philippine Cuisine SO much at .

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Ingredients :

  • 1 350g block tofu, cut into triangle bite-sized pieces
  • 16 baby bok choy, halved
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, chopped
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp water
  • green onion, sliced
  • 4 cups cooked short grain rice

Instructions :

  1. Marinate chopped tofu in 1/2-3/4 of a bottle of Pulo’s Pineapple Tamarind marinade and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. In a medium skillet, toast chopped cashews of medium heat until golden and fragrant. Do not over brown. Add 2 tablespoons of marinade and cook until the cashews are coated but not wet, stirring frequently. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine remaining marinade (from marinating the tofu + leftover in bottle) with soy sauce and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a low simmer.
  4. Lightly coat grill with oil (I used a small household panini-style grill.) Use a slotted spoon to drain some of the excess marinade from the tofu (the sugars from too much excess marinade will burn on the grill.) Grill the tofu until crisp and slightly charred. Brush with extra marinade for extra flavour near the end of cooking. Grill the bok choy, cut side down, until tender. Brush bok choy with a light coat of marinade and cook for 1 more minute.
  5. Serve grilled tofu and baby bok choy over a bed of white rice. Top with simmered sauce, candied cashews, and chopped green onion. Enjoy!

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