Thursday, December 22, 2011

Simple Braised Tofu 醬燒豆腐

More is less is all I can say about this simply prepared tofu dish. My grandmother used to say "a good cook must be able to serve the simplest dishes and be proud of everyone of them" and I can't agree more.

I think this will be a perfect dish to have before or after the impending big Christmas meal many of us are going to have.

Feel free to play with the seasonings a little; hot bean paste, hoisin sauce or a handful of mashed up fermented black beans perhaps?

recipe from the tummies' kitchen
serve 2 to 4 as part of a Chinese meal
you'll need;
1 container of fresh soft tofu, halved sidewise
oil for cooking
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
2 to 3 bird chillies, chopped
3 tbs of oyster sauce or  mushroom sauce*
2 tbs of light soy
1 tbs of dark soy
1 tsp of sesame oil
2 tbs of sugar
dash of white pepper
dash of Chinese cooking wine
1 cup of water
3 spring onions, cut into 3 cm lengths
* use mushroom sauce or vegetarian oyster sauce for a vegetarian version

Prepare the garlic, chillies and spring onions.

Pan fry tofu on both sides until golden,  remove and set aside.

Saute garlic and chillies with a little cooking oil then add in the seasonings and water.

Return the tofu to the wok and let simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.

When the sauce has reduced by half add in the spring onions and cook for a minute more.

A bowl or two of pipping hot steamed rice is all you need to go with this simple but delicious dish.


  1. This indeed will be perfect after all the excesses :)

  2. Harriet From CarltonDecember 22, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Made this for dinner tonight and my daughter thought I should double the amount next time. Thank you!

  3. wow...amazing recipe!! Will definitely try this out !

  4. waaaa this looks so yummy!
    thks for sharing and Merry Xmas to u and family :)

  5. Yummy as always. Love to have a bite. Check out our Christmas giveaway.

  6. This looks perfect to me and I would love to eat it at anytime! I agree with your grandmother. I just posted about one of my grandmother's recipes. Isn't it wonderful what they could bring to the table? Such good food and memories!

  7. G'day! Thank you for inspiring me to make, TRUE!
    This recipe is GREAT! HIGHLY recommend people make!
    Cheers! Joanne

    Here is a photo should you like to view!

  8. We had this for dinner tonight, and it was really easy and delicious.

    So it was a complete meal in itself, we added in some peppers with the garlic and chilli, and then some mushrooms and beansprouts just before the water and seasonings.

    It was amazing, and definitely going on our list to make again. Thank you for such a good recipe :)


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