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