Category Archives: tofu

Kimchi & Tofu Soup

I made this soup with my homemade kimchi.

https://foodrecipe33.com/2020/02/27/homemade-kimchi-2/

Soup is very simple.

  1. Heat a pot. Add in 1 tsp oil. Sear pork belly slices (about 50g) till slightly golden brown.
  2. Add in garlic slices (2 cloves) and onion slices (1/4) and stir fry till aromatic.
  3. Drop in 2 tbsp kimchi and 1 tbsp kimchi base. Stir fry evenly.
  4. Pour in 1 cup water. Bring to boil.
  5. Add in 1tsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp Korean chili paste and 1 tsp sugar. Stir evenly and simmer for 5 mins.
  6. Put in tofu slices. Simmer for 3 mins.
  7. Sprinkle green onion and green chili.

Luffa & tofu Stew

  1. Cut tofu into slices. Heat a pan, Add in oil. Fry tofu till both sides golden brown.
  2. Set tofu aside for later use.
  3. Heat the pan, add in 1 tsp oil.
  4. Sautee chopped garlic till aromatic.
  5. Add in luffa (peeled and cut into small chunks). Stir fry for 2 mins.
  6. Season with salt. Add in 3 tbsp water. Also add in some ginger shreds.
  7. Put lid on and simmer for 2 mins.
  8. Add in fried tofu. Toss a bit to mix with luffa and simmer for another 2 mins.
  9. Last step is to pour in starch water and flip a bit.

And it’s done.

Quite east.

Minced Pork Tofu

Tofu about 100g

minced pork around 80g

  1. Cut tofu into slices. Firm tofu is a good choice, it will keep its shape during cooking.
  2. Fry tofu with some oil till both sides turn golden brown. Sprinkle a little salt while frying them. Set aside for later use.
  3. Heat the pan again. Add in 1 tsp oil. Saute chopped garlic, green onion and dried chili till aromatic.
  4. Add in minced pork, stir fry till pork turns white.
  5. Add in 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1/2 tsp oyster sauce, 1/4 tsp dark soy sauce and 1/2 tsp sugar. Quick toss to mix well.
  6. Pour in 1/3 cup water. Bring to boil.
  7. Add the fried tofu back, simmer for 2-3 mins.
  8. Pour in a little starch water. stir well.
  9. Add in chopped red chilli and spring onion. Stir fry for another minute.

https://flic.kr/p/2hapFxU

Oyster Sauced Egg Tofu

  1. Cut egg tofu into slices about 1 cm thick.
  2. Roll tofu in potato starch.
  3. Heat a pan, add in oil. Fry tofu till the out layer becomes crispy and golden color. Then set them aside for later use.
  4. Heat the pan again. Add in 1/2 tsp oil. Saute 2 cloves of chopped garlic.
  5. Add in 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1/4 tsp dark soy sauce, 1 tsp oyster sauce and 1 tsp sugar. Stir evenly.
  6. Dissolve 1 tsp starch in 1 tbsp water and add into the sauce.
  7. Add tofu into the sauce. Reduce the sauce.
  8. Garnish with chopped spring onion.

https://flic.kr/p/2gY9jXV

Braised Pork & Rib Soup Bento

The rule of my husband’s bento: there must be at least 1 meat dish.

This time, I tried pork.

  1. Prepare soup. Cos soup is time-consuming. I can let the soup on the stove while preparing other dishes. Wash ribs. Put them in a pot and add in enough water. Bring to boil. Skim the soup to remove all the dirt. Simmer for 30 mins. Add in carrot and corn. And simmer for another 20-30 mins.
  2. Pork belly in the pot. Enough water in and bring to boil. Take the pork belly out and wash clean. Cut into small chunks. Heat a pan. Add in a little oil. Sear the pork belly till brownish. Add in light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and sugar. Stir fry evenly. Add in enough hot water, also bay leaves and star anise. Lid on and simmer for about 20 mins. Lid off and reduce the sauce with high heat,
  3. I also cooked tofu & chicken pancake. 1/4 chicken breast (diced). 1/4 carrot (diced). Heat a pan. Add in 2 tsp oil, Stir fry chicken and carrot till chicken turns white in color. 100g silk tofu in the bowl. Mash it with a fork. Add in the fried chicken and carrot. Also add in some chopped green onion, 2 tbsp flour. Season with salt and black pepper. Mix well. Heat pan again. Brush it with oil. Scoop batter with a spoon and drop into pan to fry till both sides turn golden brown.

Pork is a perfect match with rice.

Soup is good. Corn adds sweet taste to it.

Oh, I also add in some fried bitter gourd rings. My husband finished everything.

Lady Finger (Okra) & Tofu Salad

This is a very simple appetizer.

Ingredients:

Okra 2 stalk

silk tofu 1 small pack 100g

sweet cooking wine 1 tsp

light soy sauce 1 tsp

salt

water

oil

  1. Boil some water. Drizzle in 2 drops oil and 1/2 tsp salt. Boil okra for 4 mins.
  2. Cut okra into slices.
  3. Place silk tofu in a plate. Okra over tofu.
  4. Mix light soy sauce, sweet cooking wine and 1/4 tsp salt in a small bowl.
  5. Pour sauce over okra and tofu.

Very easy to make and refreshing for hot weather.

Vegan Stir-fry (Thin Tofu Sheet & Spinach)

This kind of thin tofu sheet is called Qianzhang (千张)in Chinese. Qianzhang literally means thousands of layers, which quite matches how it looks. I guess it’s not very popular in Singapore, cos when I first cooked it, my husband was very curious what it is. There are so many kinds of tofu products, qianzhang is just one of them.

This dish is vegan. Main ingredients are Qianzhang and spinach. It’s also very simple.

  1. Cut Qianzhang into medium strips. (The original one inside the package is a very big sheet). And separate them by tossing a bit. Also wash the spinach and trim off the root and cut into medium strips.
  2. Prepare chopped ginger and chopped garlic. If you want it to taste a bit spicy, then also prepare 2 dried red chili.
  3. Boil some water. Blanch Qianzhang in hot water for about 1 min. Then soak them in cold water and drain.
  4. Heat a pan, add in 1 tbsp oil. Saute chopped garlic, ginger and red chili first. When spices are aromatic, add Qianzhang in. Stir fry evenly for about 1 min.
  5. Add in spinach strips. Stir fry for another 2 mins or till spinach becomes soft and dark green.
  6. In with 2 tsp light soy sauce and 1 tsp sugar. Quickly stir fry evenly.
  7. Season with salt.

Clam Soup With Tofu & Egg

Ingredients:

Clam meat

1 egg

tofu cubes

water

salt

oil

  1. Heat a little oil in the pan. Add in clam meat, and stir fry till aromatic.
  2. Pour in 2 cups of hot water. Also cut in tofu cubes. Water will become milky white in color.
  3. Bring soup to boil. And simmer for 3- 5 mins.
  4. Beat 1 egg in a bowl. Add egg into the  soup. Bring to boil again.
  5. Season with salt.

You can serve with a drop of sesame oil and coriander or chopped spring onion.

My husband loves it.

What’s In My Husband’s Bento Box?

The biggest meal of the day for us is lunch. We usually have a very simple and light dinner. And also because sometimes I go back home late after work, I don’t have much time to cook dinner. Normally, my husband and I have lunch together at home having home-cooking food. But he needs to meet with colleagues or professors occasionally, under which circumstance he can’t have lunch at home. So I came up with this idea – putting lunch in his bento box and keep it for his dinner.

This is what inside my husband’s bento box:

Meat and vegetable are must-have dishes.

Chicken leg is a good choice, since he’s never  tired of juicy and tender honey roasted chicken leg. Here is how I cook them:

https://foodrecipe33.com/2018/03/26/honey-roasted-chicken-leg/

I also added sweet and sour tofu:

https://foodrecipe33.com/2019/03/26/sweet-sour-tofu/

and scrambled egg with tomato:

https://foodrecipe33.com/2016/09/02/scrambled-egg-with-tomatoes/

For green vegetables, and fish cake, It’s very simple. Just fry them with a little oil and season with salt.

The bottom layer is brown rice. The sauce from tofu and chicken will go into rice and add more flavor.

I also made some bean soup (including red bean, red kidney bean, black bean, black sesame, barley and red date) .

https://foodrecipe33.com/2018/11/11/healthy-bean-soup/

And kept the soup in a monkey bottle.

https://flic.kr/p/RzeJMz

I put them in the fridge. When I come back from work, I can just reheat the bento in microwave. My husband likes cook drink, so cool bean soup is perfect for him.

To me, this bento method is really convenient. Another good thing about bento is that my husband can’t be picky on food. He prefers to have more meat when we have lunch together. With bento, he had no choice but to finish all the vegetables I prepare for him.

Every time he’s quite excited about eating bento. At least I can see his big satisfactory smile when he’s having chicken leg. 🙂

Sweet & Sour Tofu

  1. Prepare a pack of firm tofu, around 200 g. cut it into cubes. Put them in a bowl. Season with 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper and 3 tbsp starch. Gently toss a bit to let tofu roll in starch.
  2. Heat a pan, add in 1 tbsp oil. Fry tofu till golden brown. Then set aside for later use.
  3. In a small bowl, add in 2 tsp light soy sauce, 2 tsp tomato sauce, 1 tsp vinegar, 2 tsp honey. Mix them well.
  4. Heat pan again. Add in 1 tsp oil, saute chopped garlic and ginger till aromatic. Add in vegetables (I used thawed mixed veg including broccoli, cauliflower and carrot). Stir fry for 2 mins.
  5. Add tofu and sauce in. Stir fry evenly and reduce sauce.

https://flic.kr/p/2fjJrPP

https://flic.kr/p/2fjJrQF

Serve with hot rice.