Friday, May 06, 2011

Crispy Tofu with Sauce

For variation,  I sometimes pan-fried my tofu.  Even though it was not as healthy and we all should eat less fried food, but sometimes it was okay.  As long as I kept fried food in moderation.  This pan-fried tofu was crispy, it was great eating it plain with Thai sweet chili sauce as a dipping sauce.  But I wanted to play with a sauce to pour it on top.  I loved the combination of LKK chili bean sauce and hoisin sauce so the above was my result.  Such an easy dish but fulled of flavored and great with brown rice.  Try it and feedback to me ya!


  • 2 pieces of regular tofu or firm tofu, cut into pieces, like picture above
  • Rice flour to coat the tofu, as needed
  • 1 piece of ginger, minced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • LKK Chili Bean Sauce, about 2 tsp.
  • LKK Hoisin sauce, about 2 tsp.
  • 1 tsp. sugar


1.  Place a piece of paper towel on a plate, place cut tofu on top and cover with another piece of paper towel.  Press it to absorb as much water from the tofu as possible.

2.  Heat the wok with some cooking oil, medium heat for pan-frying.  Pour some rice flour into a plate.  Coat the dry tofu pieces into the rice flour and slowly drop into the medium heat oil and pan-fry until crispy and golden brown on both sides.  Dish out and place on a plate with paper towel to drain the excess oil.  Finish the rest of the tofu.

3.  Take the crisp tofu from the paper towel and place on a plate.  

4.  In the same wok, add 1 Tbsp. of oil and fry the ginger, garlic and scallion until fragrant.  Add in the chili bean sauce, stir-fry until fragrant, then add hoisin sauce and sugar.  Stir well and pour on top of the tofu.  Serve hot.


Torviewtoronto said...

wow what a coincidence we thought a like and almost similar flavours delicious tofu isn't it

Belinda @zomppa said...

I like pan fried tofu - has an extra oomph.

Cooking Gallery said...

I can imagine how good this tofu must taste! I love hot bean sauce and frying the tofu is indeed somehow unhealthy, but from time to time, why not treat ourselves :)?

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

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Unknown said...

Fantastic idea as always! Again, I wanna follow!

daphne said...

oh gorgeous tofu!!! I think this sauce will be a winner on it too.

Jocie's Mom said...

I bought some tofu to use in some wontons a little while back and I only used half of it...leaving me with a big question mark as to what I should do with the rest. No clue you could fry it :) Gonna have to give it a shot! Thanks for sharing!

Martha said...

I would definitely love to try this, sounds super scrumptious!!

Crystal said...

A long, long time ago I used to panfry tofu and I added a sauce of sweet chili sauce, sesame seed oil, and I think teriyaki sauce. It was sweet and spicy. It was really good layered in a bowl with rice, fresh spinach, the tofu, and then slivered almonds on top for crunch. I bet yours would be really good in that bowl too!

tigerfish said...

I do enjoy crispy tofu as well - just too troublesome to pan-fry it. Such a simple tofu can be "elevated" with a good sauce.

Alison said...

This looks delicious and easy to prepare. Thanks for the great idea!

Angela said...

Beautiful photos and this looks absolutely delicious--my kind of meal.

Cooking's Good said...

This looks delicious and I love crispy tofu, I will try your sauce that looks tasty too. Stop by and visit me sometime. Thanks!