Tofu, or bean curd, is a regular staple at meals that I cook up at home. Tofu is so versatile and is wonderfully satisfying as a main meal in itself, or as an accompanying ingredient in soups and salads, meat, seafood, vegetable dishes as well as in noodle soups and stir-fries. It can be served cold, steamed, fried, deep fried or braised.
Here is an incredibly simple, hassle-free, healthily prepared tofu dish that utilises soy sauces and heated flavoured oils as a dressing to be poured over the tofu. It is meant to be consumed warm, but I sometimes like the contrast offered with heated oils over chilled tofu.
Tofu is such a powerhouse of nutritional benefits. It is a rich source of protein, calcium and vitamin E. Eating tofu regularly is said to help lower bad cholesterol, alleviate the symptoms of menopause, delay the onset of osteoporosis and is believed to prevent cancer as well (source: www.fitday.com).
In traditional Chinese medicine, tofu is of a cool nature, and helps to strengthen body energy and the digestive system. Tofu clears heat as well as eliminates toxins due to build up of undigested food in the intestines. It also helps smooth body joints and moisturises the skin (source: www.pingminghealth.com).
This recipe serves 2 to 3 persons.
1 box Soft Tofu, about 250 gm
2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp Dark Soy Sauce
1 stalk Spring Onion, finely chopped
1/2 length of Red Chilli, seeds removed, sliced thinly
1 stalk Chinese Celery or Coriander, finely chopped
3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1/2 tbsp Sesame Oil
1. Cut tofu into small cubes and place on a heatproof dish or plate.
2. Sprinkle chopped spring onion, chopped coriander and sliced chilli all over tofu. Combine sauces and pour evenly over tofu.
3. Combine flavoured oils in a saucepan and heat over low to medium fire till smoking hot. Immediately pour over the tofu and garnishings – you should hear the sizzling and crackling sounds when the hot oils make contact with the garnishings and sauces. Serve hot.