And with cheap ingredients ?! So much the better !
Tofu is a versatile protein-rich food , even with minimal seasoning and add-ins , it's absolutely delicious ....
Cheap and easy to prepare , I always buy a block of tofu whenever I can't think of what to cook ....
I like to steam it sometimes but mostly , it goes into my stir fries .....
Want more of easy tofu dishes ?! Check this Pan fried stuffed tofu , stir fried string beans , tofu and minced pork with kale in olive oil and the steamed tofu with minced pork and salted fish .
For a more substantial fare , add some sweet corn kernels and some greens ....
This recipe is easily doubled , no , make it triple !
Serves one lone Asian ( with 2 bowlful of rice and an oversized cup of hot milky coffee )
1 block / about 200 grams soft tofu
60 grams minced pork
60 grams bell pepper , a mix of red and yellow
1 small shallot , thinly sliced
1 clove garlic , minced
1 teaspoon ginger , finely chopped
a sprig of green onion , sectioned
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tsp chili sauce
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp fish sauce
1/4 cup / 4 tablespoon water
a pinch of chicken powder
a dash of ground white pepper
* Rinse tofu , cut horizontally in two and put in a strainer to drain ( for hours , in the fridge , during hot days ) , gently top with a small saucer , to expel some of the liquid . ( If you're pressed for time , just wipe it well with some kitchen towel or kitchen tissue ) . Wipe thoroughly with kitchen tissue and slice into squares then sprinkle with tapioca starch or cornstarch on both sides . Pan fry in a hot oil ( 1 tbsp or so ) until both sides are light brown .
* In the same pan , add shallot , garlic and ginger , fry until fragrant and add the minced pork , stir fry until pork changes color , add a pinch of chicken powder , chili sauce , sugar and pepper , continue frying until pork is golden brown . Pour in the water , let boil and simmer for about 3 minutes or until water evaporates , add in the fish sauce and adjust seasoning . Add in the green onion and cilantro , give it a good stir , dish up . Serve hot . With rice .