It is no surprise that tofu is now appreciated by more people outside Asia. This humble food, although a staple in the eastern countries, remains in the sidelines in the west. While others have grown to appreciate its subtle creamy taste, a lot still query why it should be eaten at all.
The benefits of tofu is that it is high in protein, contains calcium and iron, is low
in fat and cholesterol free. Aside from that, there is nothing bad about it.
It is such a versatile ingredient that you can throw it into any dish you are cooking and it won't ruin the taste. It goes with anything and it absorbs the flavour of the other ingredients it is cooked with.
I make it a point to buy a tub of fresh tofu each time I go to the Oriental supermarket. I usually fry cubes of tofu and serve it with tempura dip. Sometimes I pan fry it or throw it into broth.
For a change, I made a classic Chinese dish that combines the mellow creamy flavour of tofu with the tasty blend of pork, mushrooms and seasonings. A simple oyster sauce drizzle and a sprinkling of spring onions completes the dish.
Ingredients for the stuffed tofu:
600 gms. (drained weight) block of fresh tofu
stuffing (see ingredients below)
extra corn flour for dredging
1 egg, beten
cooking oil for deep frying
sliced spring onions
Prepare the tofu by pressing to get rid of excess water. Set the whole block of tofu on a rack with a tray underneath to catch the drips. Lay two layers of kitchen paper and a dish of water on top of it. Leave for an hour.
Cut up the tofu into 16 cubes. Split each cube horizontally.
Sandwich about a tablespoonful of stuffing mix between the two pieces. Pierce each with cocktail stick to hold them together.
Heat up a frying pan or wok and add enough oil for deep frying.
Dredge the stuffed tofu pieces in corn flour.
Dip in the beaten egg.
Deep fry on medium heat for about five minutes until the tofu is browned and crisped.
Remove the cocktail sticks.
Make the sauce.
To serve, drizzle the sauce over the stuffed tofu. Sprinkle with the spring onions.
Ingredients for the stuffing:
125 gms. of minced pork
2 dried Chinese mushrooms, soaked then chopped
2 tbsps. of chopped spring onions
1 tbsps. sherry or shiao sing wine
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
2 tsps. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. corn flour
Use to stuff the tofu cubes.
Ingredients for the sauce:
1 c. chicken, pork or vegetable stock
2 tbsps. oyster sauce
1 tsp. corn flour
1 tbsp. of water
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
Put the stock and oyster sauce in a wok and bring to a boil.
Disperse the corn flour in the water and add to the sauce until thickened. Add the sesame oil.
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