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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tofu and minced pork stir fry


Everybody loves simple and easy dishes ....

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 .


15 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous stir fry...and definitely big time yummy!!!!

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  2. WOW! Tofu dish...it's the best:) Anne, if only I could join you on this meal...but I'll have my coffee with cream instead ;P

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  3. This is a delicious looking dish! I could just have this one dish with rice. Yum!

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  4. Delicious, Anne, I always love your simple dishes. They make me drool. I would love to eat this with a bowl of hot rice.

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  5. Hi Anne, I like tofu too, cook in any style. Yours sure look appetizing and I love your quote "with 2 bowlful of rice and an oversized cup of hot milky coffee." ME....I want to join you. :)

    Have a lovely week ahead,regards.

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  6. Great looking dishes, getting hungry now.

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  7. good morning anne, i love all tofu dishes and i like how colourful your dish looks! that spring onion in your 2nd picture, at first i thought it's a pair of chopsticks! LOL! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Lena , now that you mentioned it , it does look like a child's chopstick ! lol

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  8. i LOVE your simple and easy dishes, anne! i may have told you this before, but yours are the only asian recipes i've tried that actually taste like food i had in asia. maybe i am following all the wrong blogs! but yours are reliably delicious and authentic, and it's so nice to taste things i miss and can't find here.

    on another note, i love that this has both pork and tofu. western food seems to use tofu usually as a meat replacer, but there's no reason it can't stand on its own beside meat! yum.

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    1. Awwww That's so sweet , Anna ! :D Seriously , just add some minced ginger , garlic and spring onion to most stir fry dishes , it always works for me :D

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  9. I am not a tofu person but do cook with it occasionally. This looks so delicious and healthy! love that you are using lot of ginger and garlic!
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  10. Anne, your tofu dish sound so yummy ,I need more rice to go with your dish for sure. Happy Weekend..

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  11. This is simply an appetizing dish, Ann. I ll know what to cook for my next dinner. Lovely!

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  12. Hi Anne,
    My boys love tofu.
    This is a comfort dish ...need more rice heehee
    Have a wonderful week ahead :)
    mui

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