Tofu (bean curd) is commonly used as a substitute for meat in Asian vegetarian meals, it contains large amounts of iron and protein. It is also very popular for people on diets. I am a tofu lover, I used to consume tofu (soft or hard) everyday - steamed, stir-fried, deep-fried, tofu soup, tofu dessert..., whatever dishes that made by tofu, I would surely love it, and never feel sick of it.
Tofu has very little flavor. In order to keep Tom eat healthy, most of the time, I cook tofu soup with sea weed. He always said that tofu tasted bland. To make him consume more tofu, I came up another recipe - steam tofu with some ground pork, mushroom and carrot topping. He is more happy to eat tofu now. :-)
The ingredients are adjustable to personal desire.
A) 1. 1 pc of soft tofu (approx. 1.5" thick, 2.5"W X 6"L)
B)Topping 1. 1.5 tbsp ground pork (if you want to make a meatless meal, you may substitute it with bamboo shoot or vegetarian meat) 2. 1 dried mushroom - pre-soaked - finely chopped 3. 1 clove garlic - minced. 4. Few slices of carrot
- again finely chop the ingredients # 2~5 until well combined, season with 1/2 tsp soy sauce, 1/4tsp oyster sauce, a few dashes of white pepper, a few drops of sesame oil and garlic oil.
C) Sauce 1. 1 tsp soy sauce 2. 1/2 tsp oyster sauce 3. A pinch of sugar 4. 1 tsp hot water 5. Some cilantro for garnishing (Unless you hate cilantro! -Tom)
- mix the sauce ingredients in a sauce bowl.
Cooking : 1. Boil the water. 2. Spread the topping evenly on top of the tofu. 3. Steam for 12~15 minutes. 4. Before remove from heat, add in the sauce C as needed. drop a little sesame oil and garlic oil. Garnish with cilantro 5. Serve warm