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Friday, 30 November 2012

Pan Fried Tofu with Garlic, Salt and Herbs

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This was VERY good.  I couldn't stop snacking on it even as I was cooking the other dishes for dinner.  In the end, I ate my share even before dinner was served...haiya. 
 


Thanks to Elin who first posted on this recipe, and then followed up by a post by Wendyinkk.  I did a slight modification to make it taste more like a salt and pepper version, ONLY because the night before i was craving big time for salt and pepper squid.  Don't ask me why.  Out of the blue I just turned to hubby at 11pm and said "Dear, I really feel like having some salt and pepper squid". Hubs gave me a fleeting incredulous look on his face, then said with a wicked grin "Come, let's go out for supper!".  

LOL, my ever available makan kaki! 





Elin described this as a kind of popular street food in Taiwan.  I've never had this before, but if you like food that's peppery and pungent with five spice powder (like me!), you will definitely like this dish.  It is absolutely fragrant with the intense flavours of fried garlic and five spice powder.  Made me think of those street food carts of Hong Kong.  Ohm nom nom.


Pan Fried Tofu with Garlic and Herbs
Sources: Elin Chia and Wendyinkk's blogs, with minor changes
 

  • 200g firm pressed tofu (I used the seaweed pressed tofu from Jusco)
  • 1/2 tbspn rice flour
  • 1/2 tbspn cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp five spice powder
  • Generous pinch of white pepper
  • 6 fat cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • Bg handful of fresh mint leaves and thai basil leaves, roughly chopped

 

1.  Cut the tofu into small bite size cubes and coat evenly with the rice flour, cornflour, salt, five spice powder and white pepper. 
 


2.  Heat 2 tbspn of oil and add in the tofu cubes.  On medium heat, pan fry the tofu until light brown, with a crispy skin. Remove and set aside. 
 
3.  While the oil is still hot, add the garlic and gently fry on low heat until it is crispy and dry.  
 
4. Toss the tofu cubes back in and add the herbs. Give it a quick toss, sprinkle abit more salt and dish up.  This dish is best served warm.  Accompany this with a side dollop of thai sweet chilli sauce.  Beautiful! 



 
 
 
 
 

 
Note:  As said, this dish derives its fabulous flavor from the dry fried garlic, five spice powder and herbs, so do not omit or substitute any of these.  Also best to obtain the pressed tofu instead of the plain, white firm tofu as the pressed tofu has its own seasoning, which adds to the overall taste.
 
 

 

23 comments:

  1. Yummy! I love tofu dishes like this. Where did you manage to find salt and pepper squid and 11pm??

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    1. One of the restaurant here near my place makes a mean plate of S&P ribs, but at 11pm we had to be contented with mamak food la LOL

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  2. Looks so good, I would love this too... I am such a big tofu fan, and love tofu cooked in any way...

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  3. Esther, this is sooo good! Just looking at your photo I am already craving for this dish :)

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    1. Yes PH, this is really good. If both Wendy and Elin liked it, sure can't go wrong eh :)

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  4. Hi Esther! I could smell the aroma from your post, Looks like I have found something for my next wine session. :)

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    1. I have no idea what goes with wine, but yes, this is very yummy!

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  5. This sounds very yummy and I could see how it could be very enticing as you were cooking it!

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    1. Chris, a combination of salt, pepper, garlic and five spice powder cum fresh herbs can't go wrong eh! ;)

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  6. This tofu dish is simple enough for me to try. Love the spices and herbs used.

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    1. Veron, yea it is a really good combination , the aroma and flavour is fantastic.

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  7. your stir-fried tofu must be very aromatic !

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  8. I don't often cook with tofu but this is definitely something I would love to try

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    1. Hi Wizzy, thanks for dropping by, now i have found another fantastic new blog to enjoy! Hope you get a chance to try this and like it too.

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  9. Hi Esther, your tofu dish look very appetizing. Nick click, your tofu pics like 3D, almost pop out of my screen. :)

    Have a nice day ahead.

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  10. Hehe... the next to be infected by Elin.
    I've never used seaweed tofu before and I shall try it out next time :)

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    1. Yea, like you, i was thinking, MUST try this. Yes, either the seaweed or the bunga lawang tofu are perfect for this.

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  11. this is looking good, esther!! can imagine the slight crispiness in the tofu and the saltiness in it..this is a nice dish i hope i can try some day!

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    1. Hi lena, i remembered you mentioned the bunga lawang pressed tofu in jusco. When i went, they only have the seaweed one, which turned out to be so good,

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  12. thanks for sharing.

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