Braised Tofu

Braised Tofu

Braised Tofu is a staple in the Chinese cuisine, basically its deep fried tofu braised with different mushrooms and vegetables in a savoury starchy gravy. You can enjoy it with rice or just on its own, it’s so tasty, delicious and definitely healthy nutritious.

Making this at home is quite simple and preparation is next to nothing especially nowadays you can buy ready deep fried tofu in your Asian Grocer. There are no rules on what vegetables to combine this with and it’s all up to your preference but what works best based on my experience are bok choys, shiitake, carrots and straw mushrooms. How about you what do you think works best if you are making your own?

Braised Tofu
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Serves: 4-5
  • 3 blocks firm tofu, sliced into bit sized pieces
  • 6 pcs dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 3 bunches bok choy
  • 1 400g can straw mushrooms, sliced in half
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 pcs spring onions, sliced and white part only
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • fish sauce
  • oil
  1. Rehydrate shiitake mushrooms in 1 cup boiling water. Once mushrooms become soft, slice then set it aside. Reserve rehydrating liquid
  2. Prepare a wok add a good amount of oil then fry tofu until golden brown. Remove oil and leave around 2 tbsp on the wok.
  3. Slide tofu on the side then sauté garlic, ginger and spring onions.
  4. Add the shiitake and straw mushrooms then stir fry for a minute.
  5. Mix together soy sauce, sugar, chicken stock, water from rehydrated mushrooms and cornstarch, mix well until free of lumps then pour into the wok. Season with fish sauce, bring it to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes. Adjust thickness of sauce to your liking by either adding water or cornstarch slurry to the sauce.
  6. Add the carrots and bok choy then simmer for one more minute.
  7. Drizzle sesame oil on top, turn heat off then serve.


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7 Responses

  1. Now if only I could get my hubby to eat tofu – this recipe might just do it Raymund – especially if I use our local fresh shiitakes:-)

  2. WOAH! You actually managed to make tofu look appetising. Not really a fan of the stuff, but I guess I should try your recipe before saying that. 🙂

  3. Kristy says:

    Sounds tasty. I’m not a big fan of tofu, but it does take on the flavors around it and these sound tasty. Love how you cut the carrots too!

  4. Yum!! This looks so hearty and healthy. And I love the flower-shaped carrots!

  5. jean says:

    REMINDER: Tofu absorbs any flavor like sponge with garlic, ginger, fish sauce & sesame oil, one of the best flavor combo in Asian food.
    I have done a few combo similar to this recipe, having 2 tofu blocks, sliced crimini in fridge, frozen stir-fry veggies in freezer & dried shitake in the pantry are few of my staple in both areas. For additional veggies, any frozen stir-fry veggies combination will work with this recipe. Tofu is one of best ingredients in Asian cuisine!

  6. Alex says:

    Beautiful dish, full of flavours.

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