Wednesday, November 28, 2007

OUR CULINARY GEMS: Tauhu Goreng | Fried Stuffed Tofu in Peanut Sauce

Singaporean cuisine is similar to Malaysian cuisine. There are 3 dominant style of cooking – Chinese, Malay and Indian. Although there are dishes that falls directly on these three styles, there are a lot that infuse 2 or all of these dominant styles which make it distinctly "original".

Tauhu Goreng is a sweet and flavorful Singaporean dish with tofu (tauhu in Malay), veggies and peanuts making this a healthy dish. “Goreng” means fried in Malay and the combination of smooth, crispy and creamy textures will drive anyone wild. This will impress you friends in presentation alone – guaranteed.

Wanna try it? Here’s the recipe…

Preparation Time 15 mins
Cooking Time 10 mins
Serves 3


4 tofu cakes / bean curd
1 cup bean sprouts, blanched
3 cucumber shredded
vegetable oil

For the sauce
2 each green chili peppers
2 each red chili peppers
2 each garlic cloves crushed
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups peanuts pounded and blended OR ½ cup peanut butter
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves chopped


1. Deep-fry the tofu cakes/bean curd until slightly brown. Let it cool.

2. Cut the tofu in half and make a deep slit across the center to form a pouch. Set aside.

3. In a bowl, mix the bean sprouts and cucumber in a bowl and season well with salt.

4. Fill the tofu pouches with the veggies.

For the sauce

1. Pound the chilies and garlic together in a mortar & pestel OR blend in on a food processor.

2. Add the soy sauce, vinegar and salt.

3. Throw in the ground peanuts (or peanut butter substitute) and add water a little at a time. Keep stirring to make a smooth coating sauce.

Serve the tofu pouches and the sauce separately.


Photo credit: Jenz Home Kitchen

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eyron said...

this is one is easy to prepare, no sweat! hehe

eyron said...

whaaa, omit the first 'is'

Curbside Puppet said...

at first glance, the stuffed tofu looked like frog's head. was the dish pretty much similar to the filipino Kare-Kare (oxtail on peanut sauce)?

Ireth Halliwell said...

You know what, Indonesian also make those Tahu Goreng and they also consume them. They even sometimes have more variations.


I disagree with this article which claimed "Tahu Goreng" as Singaporean food. You have to hold strong historical story which explained the food is originally INDONESIAN !!!

Anonymous said...

Singaporean Malay food Indonesian Malaysian and some southern Philippine foods are still Malay archipelago food la ! Only divided by politics right

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