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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Steamed tofu with saucy minced pork



Except for the fried rice , I've  mostly ( erratically ) posted about desserts for quiet sometime .

Well , I've been planning to post another baked goodies but I think this savory offering will do .

Except if your'e living from the outer space ,  you know by now what tofu is .

If not , go Google it !

This is one of my favorite way to cook tofu , steamed and top with some hearty minced pork sauce . You'll get a homey , cheap and very appetizing dish .

If you're bored with pork , substitute with any meat you prefer . You can even go vegetarian , use any vegetable you fancy as topping or just drizzle it with some soy sauce and you'll good to go .

Since , we Asian , okay , some for that matter , love our  carbs er steamed rice , no tofu dish is complete without it . Hey , this dish is really good on its own !


The recipe can be easily doubled

Serves 1 very hungry tummy 

1 block silken tofu
50 grams ground / minced pork
1/4 of a small yellow bell pepper , diced
2 water chestnuts , diced ( optional ) or use jicama , if available
1 small shallot , finely minced
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp ginger , finely chopped
1 tbsp chopped spring onion plus more for garnish
brown sugar and salt to taste

For the sauce : In a small bowl , combine together 5 tablespoons water , 1/2 tsp tapioca starch ( add more if using cornstarch ) , 1/2 tsp light soy sauce , 1/2 tsp brown sugar , 1/4 tsp chili sauce , few drops of sesame oil and a dash of white pepper .

* Wash and pat dry tofu with kitchen towel and steam for 8 minutes . Meanwhile , add some oil into the pan , add in the shallot and cook until transparent , add in the ginger and garlic , cook until lightly browned . Add in the ground pork , stir fry until it changes color then add in some salt and sugar . Cook until mixture is golden brown then add in the water chestnuts and bell pepper , about a minute . Pour in the sauce , let boil ( it will thicken immediately if using tapioca starch ) , adjust taste , add in chopped spring onion and stir well to combine . Turn off heat and transfer mixture to a small bowl . You'll get about 3/4 cup saucy minced pork .

* Take out the cooked tofu and drain . Top with minced pork sauce , garnish with some spring onion and serve immediately . Best serve with steamed rice .


This post is linked to the bloghop event Little Thumbs Up , jointly organized by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY . This month's theme is SOYA and is being hosted by Mich of Eat a Piece of Cake . 



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17 comments:

  1. Oh Anne! this sounds so good - love the savory ingredients - bookmarked!
    Mary x

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  2. I have never tried tofu combined with meat, must try someday!

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  3. This look so delicious right now. Thanks for sharing the recipe:)

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  4. Hi Anne, your tofu look very inviting and delicious. I love this with rice is more than enough to fill my hungry tummy. Nick click.

    Have a nice day

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  5. Your turn to have a large Thumbs Up sign lol! I was planning to make my own soft egg tofu but still procrastinating on it lol! I too prefer baked goods to cooked meals...this tofu dish is also my favorite way of eating tofu:)

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  6. Hi Anne,

    Like you, I'm also the cake, dessert and bread girl. 3 Cheers for Carb!!! - LOL!

    Enough of carb cheering... Back to our healthy discussion, blah blah blah... hee hee! Seriously, your steamed tofu looks good!

    Zoe

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  7. This looks very appetising! I love the sauce with lots of rice....

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  8. Anne, I'm one great tofu fan an I just love the simplicity of your recipe today:)

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  9. I love this way of eating tofu too, simple yet delicious. Yours has a nice topping, mine can be as simple as a drizzle of toasted sesame sauce :)

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  10. I love tofu very much. Your looks very delicious, can definitely eat with extra rice.

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  11. Hi Anne,
    An old time favourite, just made this last week too. Yummilicious, the kids favourite!

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  12. Hi Anne, you know my fav way of eating tofu is possibly the cheapest way... jus with soy sauce and oil. Haha! Can't get any cheaper than tht. :P

    Your tofu dish looks very appetizing. Great shots.

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  13. Hi Anne!
    What a great recipe. I love Tofu and am always looking for creative ways to serve it. Thank you so much for sharing...

    P.S. Are you coming to the Pasta Party over at my blog?

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  14. Hi Anne,
    I love cooking tofu this way too.
    Will add extra carb (rice) just with the sauce :p
    YUM YUM!!
    mui

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  15. The gravy is just perfect to go with rice! Nice bokeh there! :D

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  16. i cook the similar tofu very often, but yours one definitely sound better than me, i only put some fried shallots and spring onion, and seasoning, hehehe..

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  17. Totally agree with you, tofu and rice goes perfect together! Looks very delicious!

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