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Tofu and Vegetable Claypot Recipe

Tofu and Vegetable Claypot Recipe

Ingredients :

    • 1 cake firm tofu (about 250g/ 8 oz), cubed
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
    • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 3 tablespoons oil
    • 300 g (2 cups) sliced fresh shiitake or black Chinese mushrooms
    • 250 g (8 oz) green beans, sliced into strips
    • 200 g (2 cups) grated or thinly shredded carrot
    • 3–4 red bird’s-eye chilies, deseeded
    • 1 small bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
    • 6 sprigs Thai sweet basil
    • 6 sprigs coriander leaves

Fish Sauce Syrup :

    • 80 g (1/2 cup) chopped rock sugar or raw sugar (see note)
    • 85 ml (1/3 cup) fish sauce
    • 2 tablespoons water

Method :

    1. Combine the Fish Sauce Syrup ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until the mixture turns into a thick syrup that coats the back of a spoon, about 10–15 minutes. Set aside. This sauce will give out a pungent odor, so use a well-ventilated area.
    2. Combine the cubed tofu, garlic, ginger, vinegar, black pepper and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a mixing bowl. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
    3. Heat the rest of the oil in a medium-size claypot or pot over medium heat until smoking. Stir in the marinated tofu mixture and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 2–3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, green beans, carrots and chilies.Mix well.
    4. Add the Fish Sauce Syrup. Stir, cover and continue cooking over medium–low heat until the vegetables are done and the liquid is reduced to a thick sauce, about 5–7 minutes.
    5. Remove from the heat and garnish with the sliced red bell pepper. Serve the claypot with steamed rice and herb accompaniments of Thai sweet basil and coriander leaves.

Rock sugar is made from sugarcane and maintains the original flavor and fragrance of the cane, which is raw sweet in comparison to the processed white sugar. It has a light brown color and is quite brittle and easily melted when heated. Light brown sugar can be substituted.

Serves 6–8
Preparation time : 20 mins
+ marinating time
Cooking time : 30 mins