Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Vegetarian Fried Tofu with Tomato Sauce (serves 3-4 as part of shared meal)

Here is a vegetarian dish that I made for my grandmother. Often times this sauce is made to pour over fried fish. However, I made it with fried tofu. My grandmother ate this and gave me her 'OK' approval.


3 Tbsp oil
3 pieces of deep fried tofu (2 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inch each)
2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
1 shallot, chopped
3-4 small tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
2 sprigs of fresh Chinese celery, chopped
2 sprigs of fresh cilantro, chopped (plus more to garnish)
1 sprig of fresh scallion, chopped
About 1/2 cup water
A pinch of sugar
About 2 Tbsp soy sauce (or according to your taste)


1) Heat a non-stick pan over medium high heat. Once the pan is hot add 3 tablespoons of oil.
2) Fry the tofu until golden brown (Re-fry until heated through if already fried). Remove from heat. Discard half of the oil.
3) Add garlic and shallots. Saute about 30 seconds to a minute.
4) Add tomatoes, celery, cilantro, scallions, and about 1/2 cup water. May turn heat slightly lower. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the tomato pieces are soft.
5) Season with sugar and soy to taste. May add a little water if the sauce gets too dry.
6) Add the fried tofu back into the pan and cook for about a minute on each side.

*If you prefer a thicker (instead of watery as in this recipe) sauce you may add a little mixture of water and cornstarch to the end of step 4.

travel gear for women in Vietnam (2015)
my biker chick cousins (2015)
*We had a visit from my 2 beautiful cousins (see above photos). Although you can't really see them! Nowadays this is how people (especially girls/women) travel in Vietnam. The masks help prevent breathing in the dust. The head to toe covering is to decrease sun exposure even in the tropical heat!

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