Delicious "Chin Chye" Mood Tofu Dish

“It is yummy!! Soft, tender and flavoursome Tofu Dish!”

Yes, I want to thanks Food Lover for her “chin chye” (English defination: easy-going) mood recipe ideas (winking smile)!

The tofu dish photo in her post looks so alluring that made me want to give it a try, despite the fact of me having soft spot for tofu dish…. (chuckling).

Indeed, it is easy to cook. The tedious part should be the tofu frying part. It takes about 10 min if you choose the saute method while deep frying method will take half the time to get tofu fried. Overall preparation and cooking time take only about 15 – 20 minutes.

My trial was sucessful. It tastes pleasantly sweet and flavoursome. I modified the dish a little by adding some water to make more gravy, and then used corn starch slurry to thicken it. Not sure why my dish presents more redish colour than Food Lover’s version, but I guess it was due to the amount of tomato sauce used that made the difference in our food presentation.

Yes, I’ve also added fish ball! No particular reason, just feel like having some fish balls. I was kinda sure fish balls will complement this tofu dish, too.

I tried this recipe. Now your turn to give it a shot!

See below:

1 box of tofu aka bean curd, cut into chunk cubes
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon of black sweet sauce
2 tablespoon of oyster sauce
2 tablespoons of tomato sauce
1/4 cup of water
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of corn starch slurry

1 cup of cooking oil (for frying)

1) Heat work with oil over high fire. Add tofu and fry till golden browned. Remove from wok, and drain on kitchen towel. Reserve for later.

2) Remove excessive oil and leave only about 1 tablespoon of oil in the wok. Add in minced garlic, and fry till fragrant.

3) Return fried tofu into wok. Sprinkle salt. Stir-fry gently, for 1 minute. Add fish balls. Then, add in oyster sauce, tomato sauce, black sweet sauce and water. Stir well. Cover with lid, for 3 minutes.

4) Add corn starch slurry. Stir-fry till sauce thicken. Heat off. Serve.

Since this soft and tender tofu tastes sweet, many children including my girl loves it. This tofu dish with simple condiments used is suitable even for toddlers who just started with semi solid food.

Tips: Choose silken bean curd – Please see the label stated “for frying (煎炒)” on the packaging. It is easily available at most supermarkets and/ or wet market.
* I prefer silken/ soft tofu instead of the firm regular type one. Silken tofu will remain its tenderness inside even after browned on the surface.