Silky Steamed Tofu with Dried Shrimps Sauce

“Silky smooth steamed tofu, easy to make, healthy to eat, happy to enjoy it!”

This is a very delicious and simple tofu dish. I kept the whole dish, and wanted to finsih up all by my own.

The tofu itself tastes bland with just plain steaming, of course. The real flavour comes from thre sauce. Pleasant briny taste with fragrant dried shrimp and shallot that yield super aromatic taste! Overall taste is subtle, and yet, flavourful. I loved the smooth and silky quick-steamed tofu contrasting with crisped and fragrant dried shrimp and shallot which created an interesting bites in the palate. Yummy.. More

Salted Vegetable and Tofu Soup (咸菜豆腐排骨汤)

“Come, have a bowl of this delicate Salted Vegetable, tofu and prime ribs soup!”

Previously, I cooked this salted vegetable tofu soup with roasted duck meat. Taste was more intensive than this prime ribs version as the ribs were not roasted/ baked, but merely blanched and boiled together with the salted vegetable in soup. I did not even add tomato this time.

I loved this version, for its delicate taste of the soup. As for the salted vegetable, I did not use much of the leafy part. I used the short stems, cut into stripes for better presentation. The stem offers more crunchy and interesting bites, if you have the habit of eating the salted vegetables in the soup. Remember to steep the vegetables for at least 3 hours (rinse it once, and change the steeping water every 1 – 2 hour). More

Golden Egg Tofu with Minced Meat

“Simple healthy dish, delicious homecooked taste, and likeable by most children!”

A variation of hot plate egg tofu dish. I do not have an iron plate at home, and hence, I used stir-frying method to prepare the dish (maybe I should just try heating up a fire-resistant metal plate to serve this dish next time).

Without extensive ingredients, such as, crab meat sticks, prawns and mushroom shreds, and lack of sizzling effect, this simply an egg tofu homemade dish, with just the minced meat added (these were what I had in my refrigerator the other day… :D). Simple homemade dish, but likeable by most children! More

Duck Soup with Salted Vegetable & Tofu (咸菜豆腐鸭汤)

“Flavoursome duck soup that helps to reduce body ‘heatiness’.”

Salted vegetable soup is what Chinese believed to help reducing feverish body or ‘body heat’ (降火). Moreover, salted vegetable and tofu soup is my favourite. I loved having the combination cooked with duck meat.

Duck meat yields more intense flavour in the soup, especially roast duck. Yes, I prefered the roasted option, but for healthier purpose, I wouldn’t mind using fresh duck instead. If you like to eat the duck meat, use meaty or drumkstick part. As for me, I would usually use those boney parts, such as, duck neck, wings and feet from the whole roast duck to cook this soup since we do not eat those parts. As such, no food go to waste. So, we have the hot and flavoursome veggie duck soup to go along with our duck rice meal. :) More

Golden Prosperity Tofu Dish(金玉满堂)

“Gourmet of Fortune for this festive celebration!”

Moon, asked if I am cooking any festive food. Yes, Moon. Here is it. In fact, the idea of creating a category for Festive Gourmet arose, just to house all possible festive food recipes I have cooked or going to cook, for all festive season, e.g. Christmas, Dong Zhi (冬至), CNY, Valentine’s day, and etc. For easy reference. Do check it out (smilling)!

So, here’s a new one for this CNY. Tofu aka bean curd, in Chinese, it’s 豆腐,the word ‘Fu’ (腐) sounds similar to Fortune (福). Hence, eating Tofu (豆腐) during CNY celebration symbolizes possession of fortune (Doufu – ). I added dried scallop in making the gravy. Dried scallop is another staple ingredient you can’t miss in cooking CNY festive food. More

Easy 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). More

Szechuan Hot and Sour Soup (四川酸辣汤)

“Hot & Sour Soup, the home cooked version. It’s easy and palatable enough to enjoy it at home.”

Hot and Sour Soup is excellent as soup to enjoy before having your main course as its pleasant sour taste with a hint of spicy heat increases one’s appetite. Campbell brand produces canned Szechuan Hot and Sour Soup which turned out to be one of my favourite as instant solution to a quick meal which happened to me once in a blue moon. Having said that, the home cooked version of Hot and Sour Soup would still my best option. Subtly flavoured, added with abundance of ingredients in it, I certainly knew what went into my soup.

Most importantly, I wouldn’t add extra MSG in my soup. Well, I was aware that chicken broth in a way contains another form of MSG. I tried to cook this with plain water instead of chicken broth, its taste turned out way under-powering. Nope, that’s not what hot & sour soup should taste like. Unless, you would mind at all, I had to admit that certain soups would go with chicken broth, at its minimal. In any case, replace chicken broth with plain water, if you insist. More

Fried Tofu with Chilli Black Bean Paste

“A simple and palatable dish you can eat it with either steamed rice or plain porridge”

A tofu dish which you may have it prepared and served in minutes. Simple ingredients with simple cooking steps. You simply can’t resist the convenience of having this relishing dish for its flavoursome taste. It goes so well with plain porridge that makes your meal a satisfied one! This is also a vegetarian dish. I like to cook this during my ‘vegetarian day’ like today (Chinese Lunar Fifteenth 农历初十五). Oh not, already past midnight 00:01, so it was yesterday (laughing)!

This tofu dish counts about 160 kcal per serving.

Ingredients
2 square bean curd aka tofu, cut into small chunks
1 tablespoon of chilli black bean paste
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tablespoon of water
Pinch of sugar
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