when baking, follow directions.. when cooking, go by your own taste.. ~ Laiko Bahrs
i was clearing out the freezer when i came across two packs of square puffed tofu which have been lying forgotten in there for a few months now.. i meant to use the tofu for tauhu sumbat / stuffed tofu with fresh vegetables, a favorite snack of mine.. deep fry the tofu to a crisp perfection, cut them into triangle halves, slit the soft white middle to form a pocket, fill the pockets with julienned fresh vegetables and then serve with a chilli dipping sauce..
i had some pork mince in the freezer as well, so, i decided to stuff the puffed tofu with that instead and then steam them.. it’s really easy to make, though prep time may stretch longer than 15 minutes, what with hollowing out the halved tofu pieces and.. hmm.. that’s about the only thing that takes a bit of time to do, actually, come to think of it..
i mixed the pork mince with mashed soft tofu, instead of the usual pork mince+shrimp/squid.. it’s a somewhat healthier alternative, and tastes equally delicious too..
once the stuffed tofu are nicely steaming away, you’re practically done, anyway.. you can choose to serve it with store bought chilli sauce, or, while waiting for the tofu to cook, make your own, like i did.. i like the chilli sauce spicy and sour, with a hint of sweetness in between.. not too sweet, never salty, just the way i prefer it.. excess sodium is NOT good for the liver and blood pressure, you know
you can deep fry the stuffed tofu if you like.. it tastes even better deep fried, and as hubs prefers it that way, i normally steam all the stuffed tofu, and then deep fry half of them.. don’t pop the stuffed tofu into hot oil right away before steaming them first.. the puffed tofu skin is already pre-fried when you buy them and may get burnt, as you need to wait for the meat filling to be fully cooked before fishing them out of the fryer.. after steaming, deep fry the stuffed tofu for about 2 minutes or until it’s golden brown, and~~~
voila~! deEeEEeelicious morsels of meat and tofu goodness ready to be dipped into chilli sauce and devoured~