Tofu has always been one of my favourite food. It is a very common ingredient in Asian cooking as there are many ways you can cook tofu!
This is a very simple tofu dish you can try.
Ingredients (Serves 4 adults):
- 100 – 120 g of minced pork
- 250 -300 g soft/ silken tofu, cut into cubes
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 small carrot, diced into small cubes
- 1 stalk scallion (spring onion), washed and chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup corn starch mixture (2 tablespoons corn starch mixed with 1/3 cup water)
- 3 teaspoons light soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- Ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon hua tiao chiew (chinese cooking wine)
Step 1: Marinate minced meat with 1 teaspoon of light soy sauce and a dash of pepper. Mix well and leave it aside for about 30 minutes.
Step 2: Heat up the cooking oil in the fry pan or wok. Add minced garlic when oil is hot.
Step 3: When garlic starts to brown, add in the minced meat. Stir fry till it is cooked. Add in the diced carrots and scallions. Stir fry for another 30 seconds.
Step 4: Add oyster sauce, 2 teaspoons of light soy sauce, hua tiao chiew and a dash of pepper. Stir fry again to mix well.
Step 5: Add in water and cover the fry pan with a lid. Allow the stew to cook for 1-2 minutes.
Step 6: Remove the lid and add in the silken tofu cubes. Ladle some sauce mixture over the tofu cubes and cover the fry pan again for another minute to cook the tofu.
Step 7: Finally, add the corn starch mixture slowly into the stew, stirring it carefully to keep the soft tofu cubes intact.
Does this look really easy?
I only took about 10 minutes to prepare the ingredients and 10 minutes to cook this dish. In fact, if you are rushing for time in the morning before going to work, you can prepare the ingredients in advance. Marinate the minced meat, chop the scallions and carrots the night before. The next day, just take them out and cook!
Aren’t the colors beautiful?
For an even easier variation of this recipe, you can replace the carrots and scallions with half a cup of frozen peas/carrot/corn mix.
This dish is best served piping hot, so if you are bringing it to work, ladle them into a thermos food jar immediately to keep it warm.
For me, this tofu combo makes a simple all-in-one meal as well as it has meat, vegetables and tofu. All I need is just a bowl of steamed rice to go along with it. YUM…