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 . 



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

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

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

  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

  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:)

  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!


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

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

  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 :)

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

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

  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.

  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?

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

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

  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..

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