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Friday, October 5, 2012

Braised Tofu with Ground Pork

Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe

I must be feeling a little homesick lately, I’ve been making Chinese homestyle dishes that my Mom would cook. Tofu has always been a regular staple at our house, Mom would serve it about once a week. Tofu USED to be inexpensive years ago – but that was before it was being marketed to the American market. Tofu companies never had to “market” to the Asian crowd – we have always loved it!

Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe

At some Chinese markets (and all of Asia), you can buy freshly made tofu – large blocks would be submerged in water, and you scooped out what you wanted.

Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe

Did you know that not all tofu tastes the same? There are big differences in taste and texture (I know some of you are saying, “what, not all tofu is BLAND!?”) My favorite brand  that is easily found in most regular grocery stores is Nasoya. Here’s Serious Eat’s Tofu Taste Test.

Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe

For this recipe, make sure you buy Firm or Extra Firm Tofu. Anything softer will fall apart in the dish.

Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe

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Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe

Servings: Serve 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork Recipe

You can use either ground pork, beef, turkey or chicken. For a little more Chinese flavor, when you are seasoning the tofu with salt and pepper, sprinkle a little bit of Chinese Five Spice Powder on both sides (you'll use a total of about 1/4 teaspoon - a little goes a long ways!)

I'm a big fan of green onion as a topping to give the dish a little bite - however if your family isn't, you can leave it out. Another option is to add the green onion in the wok at the same time as the garlic and ginger. This way, the green onion gets stir fried and softens.

Serve this with rice.

Ingredients:

1 block firm or extra firm tofu
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 pound ground pork, beef, turkey or chicken
1 clove garlic, very finely minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup cool water
1 teaspoon cornstarch1/2 stalk green onion, chopped

Directions:

1. Drain the tofu and place on towels or paper towels. To get rid excess water in the tofu, place another towel on top of the tofu, then place something flat and heavy (like a cutting board or a cast iron frying pan) on top. You can weigh the cutting board down by putting a couple of cans of soup on top. Let sit for 10 minutes. Cut the tofu into several slices 3/4" thick. Season on both sides with salt, pepper.

2. Heat a wok or large saute pan over medium-high heat. When hot, swirl in the cooking oil. Very carefully and slowely slide in the tofu slices in one layer. Fry for 1 minutes, then flip to fry the other side for 1 minute until both sides are browned. Remove the seared tofu to a clean plate.

3. To the same wok, add in the ground meat. Saute until browned, about 2 minutes. Add in the garlic and the ginger and stir fry for 30 seconds.

4. Add in the chicken broth, oyster sauce and soy sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the water and the cornstarch. In the wok, stir in the water and cornstarch mixture and bring everything to a simmer. Add the cooked tofu back in the pot. Lower the heat to medium-low. Let simmer for 5 minutes, until thickened. Mix in green onion. Serve with rice.



25 Responses to “Braised Tofu with Ground Pork”

  1. Oh, I love this recipe. Mom used to make it at home and served over rice. So tasty! Oh, I love your video – short and precise. Perfect!

  2. Murasaki Shikibu — 10/5/12 @ 1:57 pm

    This really looks good! I am not a big fan of Tofu, but I don’t dislike it either. Whether I love it or feel is bleh….depends on how it’s cooked…or on the quality of the Tofu itself.

  3. nartays — 10/5/12 @ 6:11 pm

    Hmmm, we love tofu. Will have to try out this recipe next week. Pork and tofu are a magical combination.

  4. Jeanette — 10/5/12 @ 9:46 pm

    This looks like pure comfort food to me Jaden – I’ve been making a lot of meals lately that remind me of home.

  5. Michelle Kim — 10/7/12 @ 1:35 am

    yummy! that looks soooo good! I love tofu cooked any way, so I am going to have to make this!

  6. Izabella — 10/7/12 @ 2:38 am

    Yummy ! look Great going to try this recipe this Sunday

  7. Anne — 10/7/12 @ 3:46 am

    Wow –that looks delicious!

  8. Chris — 10/8/12 @ 9:34 pm

    Tofu and I have chosen to agree to disagree without being disagreeable. Then again, I’ve only ever tried to do mine on the grill which probably isn’t the best theater for tofu.

    Great post and video.

  9. Cristina — 10/9/12 @ 1:57 pm

    This looks amazing, I’m making it for lunch today! The video was great, but I noticed in step 4 of the written recipe that you didn’t mention when to add the tofu back to the pot.

    I’m so excited to try this!

  10. Leigh — 10/9/12 @ 6:07 pm

    Just made this for lunch – OMG – Sooooooooo delicious! Thank you very much for posting this. Am definitely going to make it again (and again, and again!)

  11. Jenn — 10/9/12 @ 7:20 pm

    Saw this post and knew I had to make it. Made it tonight for dinner and it’s so good, tastes just like how my mom made it when I was little. Keep these recipes coming! ;)

  12. Allison — 10/9/12 @ 9:47 pm

    I made this tonight and I wanted to eat the whole thing!

  13. Darlene Chan — 10/11/12 @ 12:15 am

    My mom used to make a version of this, but she’d steam the pork with preserved turnip (toh choy) and the tofu (unbraised, however). The pork would be very smooth. I tried this tonight following your recipe, but added some of the turnip and it was very good! Reminded me of my mom’s cooking. Even my teenage son liked it! Thanks.

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  17. Foodjunkie — 10/16/12 @ 5:32 pm

    I just finished enjoying this Jaden. I mostly like tofu but haven’t completely eliminated my Anglo-Saxon suspicion that cooked tofu will be somehow unpleasant, all evidence to the contrary. This dish was really tasty and so easy. Thanks for posting it.

  18. jen — 10/20/12 @ 11:14 pm

    I made this tonight, and it was absolutely amazing! thanks so much for the recipe! i am typically TERRIBLE at preparing tofu, but this time i was successful!! Delicious and very comforting! i added a ton of kale and mushrooms as well. super yummy!

  19. Nana — 10/21/12 @ 6:24 pm

    I added mushroom but I also seasoned the pork with a little ginger and garlic and let it set for a little while. I ground my own pork there was none to be found at the market the day I shopped and I think I like it better fresh ground.

  20. Becky — 1/29/13 @ 7:43 pm

    This was so simple and delicious! It was a last minute dinner to use up some quickly aging tofu in the fridge. I added shitakes and omitted the water/corn starch and it was a huge hit with my husband. It reheated quite well today for leftovers, too. Thanks for making such tasty and quick recipes!

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  23. Krissy — 8/24/13 @ 5:01 am

    Will try to cook this tonight for my fiance’..

    Thanks!

    :)

  24. Olivia — 9/22/13 @ 11:54 pm

    This was delicious ! And def reminds me of moms home cooking !

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