What is Tofu?
Tofu is particularly good in vegan and vegetarian recipes, as it absorbs flavors terrifically. In fact, there are so many vegan tofu recipes that I had to consciously cut down on the number in my Asian Vegan Recipes for Veganuary round-up!
Tofu can be used in everything from stir-fries to desserts. You can cook it with hoisin sauce, chili garlic sauce or braise it with Napa cabbage in oyster sauce chicken stock and it'll taste great!
It's such a common ingredient, you no longer need to head down to the Asian markets for it (unless you're looking for a special type, such as Tau Kwa or Stuffed Tofu.)
However, not every type of tofu works in a recipe. Scroll down to find out more about the various forms of tofu, followed by Asian recipes for each type.
Fun fact: you can makes your own using a tofu press!
Some popular varieties of tofu include:
- Extra Firm
- Soft or Silken
- Tau Kwa
- Egg (usually quite soft)
Tip: if you're new to cooking with tofu, start with extra-firm tofu as it's easier to work with. Soft tofus can be a nightmare to stir-fry...
🥚 Egg Tofu
Salted Egg Yolk Sauce
This umamilicious and creamy dish is my favorite way to eat tofu!
Tip: don't forget the paper towels to drain the oil off the golden brown, deep fried tofu, before sautéing them in the salted egg yolk sauce and curry leaves! (The sauce is scrumptious with many ingredients, from popcorn and cornflakes to pork!)
P.S. Homemade salted eggs are so much better than shop bought!
Soft Tofu Stew
This warming Korean stew is the perfect comfort food that can be made in under 30 minutes. A bowl of rice is a must-have with this dish but, if you're on a diet, substitute with cauliflower rice or brown rice.
Some people add black pepper, but I find the taste overpowering in this Tofu Soup, and do not recommend it.
Tip: the green onions give freshness to the spicy recipe, so don't skip them! Also, go easy on the red pepper flakes as different batches have different levels of heat- you can always add more later but it's hard to take them out!
Unlike Soondubu Jjigae (Korean tofu stew, shown above), which only uses silken tofu, you can use extra firm tofu in this Kimchi Soup if you wish.
Tip: aged kimchi has much more flavor!
🥢 Firm/ Extra Firm
Tip: the sauce ingredients can be prepared in advanced and kept for 2-3 days before cooking.
Maple Tofu Cubes
Tip: sugars can burn quickly so cook the stir fry sauce on medium heat to medium-high heat at the max!
Air Fried Tofu
Instead of deep frying the tofu for the salted egg tofu recipe, why not take air fry them instead? Click through to learn the secrets of crispy non-deep fried tofu!
It'll be healthier and better than anything you get at Chinese restaurants!
Tofu is a huge part of Chinese cuisine, so how can I miss out a tofu stir-fry?
Tip: add some shiitake mushrooms, broccoli florets and/ or snow peas to make it more nutritious!
Click here for side dishes that go well with teriyaki!
Tip: if you can't get potato starch, you can substitute with corn starch for the coating.
This finger food makes a great Super Bowl snack. You can also use tofu slices, to make tofu burgers!
Tip: try them with Samosa Sauce!
Panda Express Copycat
Korean Side Dish
Rice can be super filling, so why not wash it down with some Chinese Plum Tea for digestion?
I know this is supposed to be an Asian tofu recipes round-up but these dishes looked so appetising, I couldn't resist including them!
Mac & Cheese
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