Thursday, August 19, 2010

Braised Tofu with Fish fillets 豆腐燜魚塊

Here is another simple tofu dish as promised. I used the same fresh white tofu as my previous steamed tofu dish but with a very different approach this time. Tofu is first deep fried to alter it's texture and colour, it also prevents the tofu from breaking up too much during the cooking process. You may add mushrooms, water chestnuts, baby corn or other vegetables to the dish. Sometimes I deep fried the fish instead of the tofu for a completely different looking and tasting dish altogether. The best thing about this dish is non tofu lovers can still enjoy the fish while you can have more of the tofu for yourself.
P.S Try adding a tbs of hot bean paste while sauteing the ginger and garlic for a spicy version.

serves 4 as part of a Chinese meal
you'll need;
1 block (500 g) of fresh tofu, cut into 3 x 3 cubes, deep fried til golden
500 g of white fish fillets (I used pink ling) cut into chunks to match the tofu
half a carrot, cut into rings
5 cm knob of ginger, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 spring onion, cut into batons
2/3 cup of stock
2 tbs of Chinese cooking wine
1 tbs of oyster sauce
1 tbs of light soy
1/2 tbs of dark soy
1 tsp of sesame oil
sugar and salt to taste
dash of white pepper
corn flour solution

marinade for fish;
1/2 tsp of sesame oil
1 tbs of light soy
1 tbs of Chinese cooking wine
1 tsp of grated ginger
dash of white pepper
1 tbs of corn flour

Prepare the ingredients.

Marinate the fish for 10 - 15 minutes.

Fry tofu and drain well.

Saute ginger and garlic with a little oil in a hot wok then add in the carrot. Fry for a minute before adding the fish and cook for a further minute. Add stock and seasonings.

Return tofu to the wok and braise slowly for 2 minutes.

Add spring onions and check for seasonings before thicken the sauce with some corn flour solution.

Serve immediately with plenty of steamed rice.


  1. Sounds great and looks so delicious..!!!

  2. Harriet from CarltonAugust 19, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    Looking for lunch ideas and this might just be it. Looks like a perfectly balanced meal!

  3. Another great tofu dish. I like!

  4. Hi tummy!! i love tofu! apa jenis tofu saya suke ;-) kalau ada gravy mcm ni lagiiiiiii i suke :D

  5. I love tofu cooked this way.. very homey! :)

  6. Tummy dear,satu lagi resepi yg menarik dari dapur Tummy.Ikan dori boleh tak?atau tenggiri?nak cuba resepi ni:)

  7. I love fish and tofu. I tried making this, but it always seems to taste too oystery. After reading your recipe, I think I know what's missing - light soy. Perhaps this will balance out the taste. Thanks for this!

  8. Yum! It looks delicious, just wish my hubby would eat tofu!

  9. I love tofu and this looks very delicious!


  10. Another dish for the Tofu lovers..and loved the carrot flowers too :-)

  11. oh i i beat the fish and tofu go perfectly together light and delicious

  12. this looks fantastic. love how creamy the sauce looks. another keeper!

  13. This will be popular with everyone at home. Looks very tasty!

  14. Good morning! The bowl of tofu with fish looks fantastic and I wish I am having this for lunch :(

  15. DELICIOUS! Love how a non tofu eater may enjoy the dish as well!

  16. I love tofu and I can't wait to try this recipe out!

  17. Wow! My kind of dish, totally! I have to try this! I must!

  18. 很有家的味道! 一定要試一試!

  19. I guess it tastes like clay pot tofu, but with the healthy option of fish fillet, right?

  20. I am loving your tofu dishes! Can't wait for the rest! :)

  21. Yum! Comforting to eat this protein-packed dish.

  22. I will be very happy to have all the tofu while my husband can have the fish, perfect!

  23. Sarah Naveen ,
    Thank you!

    Harriet ,
    Thank you :)

    shaz ,
    Thanks dear!

    ijayuji ,
    Terima kasih..saya juga suka yang banyak gravy :)

    Thank you!

    makcikmanggis ,
    salam makcik..dori memang sesuai sekali :)

    Kirstine Vergara,
    A little soy can do wonders. Also try to use Lee Kum Kee premium oyster sauce.

    Pam ,
    Thank you! You can eat tofu and leave the fish to him.

    Thank you!

    Thank you very much!

    Thank you very much!

    zurin ,
    Thank you :)

    Pham ,
    Make some for dinner tonight!

    Tricia ,
    Thank you very much!

    KL girl in MELB ,
    Thank you! Indeed.

    Yasmin ,
    Thank you, please do!

    Shirley ,
    Thank you very much! :)

    大肥 ,
    謝謝! 一定要試唷。

    Little Inbox ,
    Oh yes, this can easily be served in a clay pot!

    love to eat ,
    Thank you! more on the way.

    tigerfish ,
    Thank you very much!

    rosa ,
    Haha indeed!

  24. this dish. Love those beautiful carrot flowers. You can cut them so well....mine will be all out of shape...haha

  25. Yes yes yes... must eat more tofu. summer is round the corner.

  26. Tofu is my first love in Chinese cooking. Love this dish very much. Thanks for sharing.

  27. CU #5 - :D
    I like the way you used the tofu in this dish. Your carrots look like they would go great in a bento box! Love them! The last photo is great it looks so good!

  28. This is always my favourite dish.. goes really well with rice.

  29. What kind of fish did you use for this dish? Thanks!


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