Home-style Braised Tofu

Chinese home style braised tofu on a plate

A simple and flavorsome tofu recipe. Spice it up with chili bean sauce, or replace it with soy sauce for a mild version.

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tofu cubes with two bowls of spring onions

The Lee Kum Kee brand chili bean sauce used for this dish can be found in many supermarkets’ ethnic section. Most Chinese stores will also likely to stock multiple brands of this very popular condiments. It is made of broad beans and has a distinctive rich flavor.

Preparation: 5 minutes             Cooking: 8 minutes

  • 400 g tofu
  • 1 spring onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ tbsp Lee Kum Kee Chili Bean Sauce*
  • ½ cup stock or water

Heat oil, add garlic, ginger, 1/2 spring onion and chili bean sauce and stir for 10 seconds. Add tofu and soy sauce, stir for 30 seconds. Add stock or water, bring to boil, cover the wok and boil gently for 5 minutes. Cook without lid for another minute to reduce the liquid. Remove from heat. Sprinkle remaining spring onion on top and serve.

* for a milder version, replace as much chili bean sauce with soy sauce, as long as the two combined measures about 1tbsp.

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