Monday, October 13, 2008

Steamed Tofu, Vegetarian Style

Sometimes I get so tired when I get home from work (even though it is my own business but I tell you, running a business is far more exhausting than being a salaried employee! I've been on both ends so I know that as an employee, you can 'shut off' the moment you get home. As a business person, I'm thinking of work even when I'm on the throne!)

So what's a girl to do when she comes home tired and yet wants to cook something homemade for the man in her life? Ah yes, I can be traditional in some ways. I think the less I eat out the better.

I always have some beancurd or tofu in my fridge for those emergency dinner moments. I prefer the silken tofu in a box which you can easily buy at any supermarket for RM1 per box.

1 box of tofu is good enough for 2 persons.

To prepare this steamed tofu (which takes less than 10 minutes to cook), just open up the plastic casing and put the tofu on a plate. Steam this over high heat for 5 minutes.

The tofu will 'sweat' some water during the steaming process. Drain away this water.

In a separate pan, heat up some vegetable oil. Saute some minced garlic and minced ginger for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and mix in 1 tbsp dark soya sauce, 1 tbsp light soya sauce and 1/2 tsp sugar. Combine well and pour over steamed tofu. Sprinkle chopped spring onions and serve warm with plain rice.

You can spice it up with a dollop of sambal. The sambal can be combined with the soya sauces and sugar.

This is my quick and easy version of Ma Poh Tofu, minus the minced pork meat!

This tofu dish is healthy and suitable for vegetarians.
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