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Tauhu Goreng Recipe – Deep-fried Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Tauhu Goreng Recipe

Tauhu Goreng Recipe – Deep-fried Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

A popular dish at food stalls in Singapore, especially in the morning, the fried tofu is usually halved diagonally and stuffed with a mixture of blanched bean sprouts and raw cucumber, and drizzled with a delicious Spicy Peanut Dressing.

Ingredients :

  • 2 cakes pressed tofu or firm tofu (about 500 g/1 lb total)
  • Oil for shallow-frying (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup (75 g) bean sprouts, rinsed and blanched in boiling water, then drained
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced into thin shreds
  • 2 spring onions, sliced into thin shreds, to garnish (optional)
  • Coriander leaves (cilantro), to garnish (optional)

Spicy Peanut Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 8 shallots, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2-5 red finger-length chillies, deseeded and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon belachan (dried prawn paste)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet black sauce
  • 2 heaped tablespoons tamarind pulp mashed with 1 cup (250 ml) warm water, squeezed and strained for juice
  • 1 cup (175 g) coarsely crushed fried or roasted peanuts, or 10 heaped tablespoons crunchy peanut butter

Method :

  1. To prepare the Spicy Peanut Dressing, heat the oil in a saucepan and stir-fry the shallots, garlic, chillies and belachan for 5 minutes until fragrant. Then add the sweet black sauce and tamarind juice, and cook for another minute. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. When cooled, grind the mixture to a paste in a mortar or blender. Add the crushed peanuts or peanut butter and mix well.
  2. Shallow-fry the tofu in about 1 cm (1/2 in) of oil over medium heat in a skillet until light golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side Remove from the oil and set aside to drain and cool. When cool enough to handle, cut the tofu into bite-sized pieces.
  3. To assemble, arrange the bean sprouts, cucumber and spring onions (if using) on a plate. Top with the fried tofu and pour the dressing over. Serve garnished with coriander leaves. Alternatively, serve the dressing in a small bowl on the side with another bowl of freshly sliced spring onions if desired.

Note : To save time, prepare the Spicy Peanut Dressing in advance. If sweet black sauce is not available, substitute black soy sauce sweetened with sugar.

Serves 4
Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 10 mins


Source :
the food of Singapore
Simple Street Food Recipes from the Lion City
by David Wong & Djoko Wibisono
photos by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni
introduction by Lee Geok Boi


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