Chinese-Style Pan-Fried Stuffed Tofu With Oyster Sauce

January 16, 2014

These tender tofu pouches are filled with a succulent mixture of ground beef (or pork, chicken, turkey), mushrooms and savory seasonings, pan-fried until crispy then bathed in a fragrant sauce for a dish that is sure to delight! This tofu recipe can easily be made vegan/vegetarian but using your favorite meat-alternative or more mushrooms and a vegetable bouillon.

Pan-Fried Stuffed Tofu With Oyster Sauce
Submitted to Foodista by Angie's Recipes

125 grams (1/4 pound) ground meat, such as beef, pork, chicken or turkey
2 large dried mushrooms, such as shiitake (soaked in water then chopped finely)
1 stalk green onion, chopped
2 slices ginger, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper powder
1 teaspoon light soya sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
300 grams (10 1/2 ounces) tofu
50 grams (about 3 tablespoons) cornstarch
5 tablespoons oyster sauce
5 tablespoons light soya sauce
90 ml (1/3 cup) water
1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 tablespoon sugar

Combine all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl and stir until the mixture is well-blended. Stir together all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.

Cut the tofu into 10 rectangles, each about 4x7cm in size. Using a spoon to hollow out the center of each tofu rectangle to make a little box. Pat the tofu 'boxes' dry and dust them lightly with cornstarch. Fill each with about 1 tablespoon of the stuffing, mounding it slightly. Pat each piece of stuffed tofu with additional cornstarch.

Pour enough oil into a skillet to fill 3 inches. Heat oil over medium-high heat to 150C/300F. Deep-fry the stuffed tofu, a few pieces at a time, until the tofu is golden brown and the filling is cooked through, about 5-6 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Heat a skillet over high heat until hot. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved oil and swirl to coat the sides. Add green onions and stir-fry until fragrant. Add the sauce and bring to a simmer.

Slip the fried tofu into the sauce and stir gently to coat. Transfer the tofu onto a serving platter, and serve hot.