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 .