Firm tofu is full of water. It’s very important to drain it well before making any dish where you want it to brown.
Here’s how: Line a tray or board with a couple of layers of paper towel. Put a chopstick or butter knife under one end of the tray so that it tilts slightly. This will allow the water in the tofu to drain away. Lay the block of tofu on the tray and cover with more paper. Place a cutting board on top of the tofu, and then a weight. I usually use bottles of seltzer or mineral water. Leave for about 1 hour. This will gently press out most of the excess water.
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