Friday, December 22, 2006

Infectious Tofu!

"Mad cow disease", "bird-flu" or "spinach E-coli" outbreak? People start freaking out when they see beef, poultry or spinach. Infectious, because the tofu "disease" has spread from Rasa Malaysia , to Simcooks , and now...to me. Simcooks- since I'm not allowed to "eat your tofu", I gotta make and eat my own tofu. When I'm armed with tofu and minced pork, Mapo Tofu is what I'll usually make. For some time, I've wanted to do something different - and do away with using bottled chilli bean paste, just for once.

When I had my ingredients ready, I did not have red chilli in the list. But I reckon I could still make steamed tofu with my intended seasoning. Rasa Malaysia has used soft tofu for steaming, and Simcooks, has got firm tofu for frying, while I'm going to use firm tofu for steaming. Did you see, the infectious "disease" just mutated ! And it tasted as good! Soft or firm, steam or fry!


Steamed tofu with minced meat (serves 2-3)
Ingredients:
-1 block firm tofu/beancurd
-1/2lb minced pork
-1tbsp chopped shallots
-1/2tsp dried anchovies, soaked in warm water, rinsed off, and chopped finely
-1/2tsp dried shrimps, soaked in warm water, rinsed off, and chopped finely
-1tbsp chopped scallions/spring onions
-1tbsp oil

Seasoning:
1/2tsp dark soy sauce
1/2tsp sugar
dash of sesame oil and pepper

Method:
1.Steam the tofu at high heat for 10-15mins
2.While the tofu is steaming, heat up 1tbsp oil and saute the chopped shallots till fragrant. Add in dried anchovies and shrimps and fry till aromatic
3.Stir in minced pork, spring onions, seasoning, and mix well. (Do a taste test here. As I've added anchovies and shrimps for that crunchy texture, I did not have to use a lot of soy sauce since dried anchovies and dried shrimps are already salty. You can adjust the amt. of soy sauce based on your preference.)
4.Remove and place over steamed tofu

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