Tuesday, 3 August 2010

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Chinese Steamed Tofu with Minced Pork/Kinesisk Dampede Tofu med Hakket Svinekød/蒸豆腐[zhēng dòu fǔ]


Recipe adapted from Rasa Malaysia
Serves 2-4

Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

- 1 block of silken tofu (400g)
- 125g of minced pork
- ½ cup frozen shrimps
- 1-2 clove garlic chopped
- 2 stalks of spring onions (diagonal cuts)
- 1 tsp of oyster sauce
- 2 tsp of soy sauce
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 TBS ground oatmeal (to thicken the sauce)
- A few drops of sesame oil
- White pepper powder to taste
- 1-2 TBS cooking oil
- ½ stalk leek chopped (white portion, optional)
- 1 red chili (diagonal cuts) or ½ red bell pepper (optional)

Directions:
1. Steam the tofu for 5 minutes and set aside.

2. Heat up pan with cooking oil and fry garlic and leek until golden.

3. Add in minced pork and stir fry until fragrant.

4. Mix water and oatmeal in a separate container.

5. Add in oatmeal mixture, oyster sauce, soy sauce and bring it to boil.

6. Add in spring onions, red chili or red bell pepper, sesame oil and white pepper powder.

7. Quick stir for 30 seconds and pour the toppings onto the steamed tofu. Serve hot with rice.

Tips:
1. To make it a complete meal and increase the nutritional value of this dish, I add in a super green vegetable such as some florets of blanch or steamed broccoli.

2. On egg day, I will also crack in an egg into the sauce at the end and stir until cooked before pouring it on the tofu.

Nutritional Value:
Tofu is a very good source of manganese, iron and protein. In addition, tofu is a good source of selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, copper, calcium and magnesium. When the curdling agent used to make tofu is calcium salt, the tofu is an excellent source of calcium. Tofu is known as a cholesterol-lowering food, along with other heart and health benefits.

Fish aren't the only good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Tofu provides 14.4% of the daily value for these especially beneficial fats in just 4 ounces.

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Additional Information:

This dish is very similar to the other tofu dish, thus, it is just a variation or another way of preparing tofu. I made steamed tofu for the first time today. J loves it and Daddy is ok with it, but it is not his favourite. I love it, as I love tofu.

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