Friday, January 08, 2010

Chicken with Dried Tofu Knots

While shopping at the Asian market, I saw this interesting dried tofu knots. It looked like the dried beancurd sticks but tie in a knot. I wanted to buy but hesitated because I never eaten or cook with this before thus I passed it up. Then, months ago while spending a night at my friend's house, I was introduced to this by her mother in-law. I learned a few cooking tips from her MIL as well and she told me I only need to soften this with cold water and not the hot water. She made Bak Kut Teh (Malaysian Herbal Pork Ribs Soup) with this tofu knots and I had a chance to try it. Needless to say I loved it as I love anything made with tofu, as it is healthy! So, recently while shopping at the Asian market in Denver, I bought few packets of this to cook at home. This is good as a side dish for steamboat/hotpot too.


  • 2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, sliced
  • 1 bowl of dried tofu knots, soften in tap water (I used half a packet)
  • Water to cover
  • Oyster sauce to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. salted yellow beans, mashed


In a medium saucepan, heat up a little oil. When hot, add in the sliced chicken, give it a quick stir-fry. Add water to cover. Let it boil. When boiling, add the salted yellow beans and oyster sauce to taste. Add in tofu knots and turn the heat to low and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Do a taste test and season accordingly. Serve hot.


The Cooking Ninja said...

Interesting. Never seen Tofu knots too. Ah...I so miss bak kut teh. I wonder if I can find this here at the Asian store.

tigerfish said...

The only dried knots I know are those of lily buds :)

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Look simple and nice !!

Sweet Jasmine said...

I love these tofu knots. I cooked it with my braised soya sauce meats.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Cooking Ninja, go look around. ;)

Tigerfish, really? does lily buds came in dried knots? I always have to tie the knot myself.

Thanks Sonia.

Agreed Sweet Jasmine, I cooked it with my 3 cups chicken, oh man, soooo good!

tracieMoo said...

I love the dried tofu knots. they are always in my braised vegetarian dish eaten on the first day of CNY for breakfast! with rice! the only day I would eat rice for breakfast.. and I would always, secretly look for more of these knots. your dish looks yummy! Maybe I should try to make this :D

Food For Tots said...

Never eat or see this ingredient before. Sounds interesting!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Yes Tracie, it will be so good with the braised vegetarian dish for CNY. Salivating just thinking about it.

F4T, go look for it at your Asian store, it's delicious in braised dishes.

Ling's Passion said...

This is interesting. Have never seen these tofu knots before.

daphne said...

My grandmother stewed them in her soya sauce chicken too. It adds texture!

Noob Cook said...

I think my mum add these tofu knots in her chap chye. Yummy!