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Fried Tofu with Shrimp

Fried Tofu with Shrimp

I’ve been on hiatus for the past few years now, to the point where I actually forgot I had a blog. One day, I was on Google searching for dinner recipes fifteen minutes before I needed to feed my hungry and impatient children (mom brain- forgets blog, as well as feeding her children) and one of my recipes pops up. Which recipe, I can’t tell you, as I forgot already. But that’s not important to this story. As I squint my eyes and cock my head to the left, as confused people usually do, and click the link to the recipe, a faint recollection starts to form. This. Soupbelly. This is mine.

Ok, it wasn’t that dramatic.

After dusting the proverbial cobwebs off my blog, and sweeping out my neglected e-mail account of over 7000 emails, I cracked my knuckles (I don’t really crack knuckles but I’m trying to go for the full effect here, as this is my warm up post) and after trying to guess my login password for an embarrassingly indeterminate amount of time, cranked open the rusty WordPress machine and got to work.

A lot has changed since I started blogging back nearly a decade ago. I remember it as if it were yesterday, the year 2009 – yes, my long term memory is still intact, mom brain doesn’t affect that. I’m hoping I can keep up with all of you young whippersnappers. Back in my day, there weren’t so many cool widgets and plug-ins, we just had to make do with what we had. I had to walk 3 miles, uphill both ways.

That last sentence was a lie. It also has nothing to do with blogging, I just got a little too into the “back in my day” thing. That’s how we old folks are.

Ok Ok less talk-y, more cook-y.

I had a craving for Korean fried tofu, but I also had a craving for something a little more substantial, like that Chinese fried tofu with shrimp they serve at dim sum. Why not combine them and get the best of both worlds? A frankenfusion er Asianstein recipe. Nevermind, here it is.

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Fried Tofu with Shrimp

serves 4

Ingredients:

  • one package of medium firm tofu
  • 8 large raw shrimp, chopped and mashed into paste
  • 1 tsp. Chinese cooking wine
  • dash of salt
  • dash of white pepper
  • 1 Tbsp of cornstarch in a shallow bowl or plate
  • oil for pan frying

Ingredients for Sauce:

  • one green onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • one clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. red chili flakes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Slice the tofu into small squares, approximately 16 pieces. Place on a sheet of paper towel, with another sheet of paper towel on top, pressing gently to remove excess water. This will reduce the chance of splattering oil when you pan fry.
  3. Combine the shrimp paste with 1 tsp. cooking wine, dash of salt and pepper.
  4. Carefully dig out a shallow scoop of tofu in each square, being careful not to break it apart. Scoop a spoonful of shrimp paste onto each square of tofu, then put shrimp side down on the cornstarch. Place them tofu side down on a plate to get ready for pan frying.
  5. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil on medium high heat. Place tofu side down on pan first and cook 5-7 minutes or until brown on the bottom, then flip shrimp side down and cook until shrimp are pink/golden brown, around 4-5 minutes. Set on paper towels to soak up extra oil.
  6. Place tofu on a serving plate and drizzle sauce on top. Enjoy!

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Instructions with step by step photos:

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Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.

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Combine the shrimp paste with 1 tsp. cooking wine, dash of salt and pepper.

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Slice the tofu into small squares, approximately 16 pieces. Place on a sheet of paper towel, with another sheet of paper towel on top, pressing gently to remove excess water. This will reduce the chance of splattering oil when you pan fry.

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Carefully dig out a shallow scoop of tofu in each square, being careful not to break it apart. Scoop a spoonful of shrimp paste onto each square of tofu.

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Put shrimp side down on the cornstarch. Place them tofu side down on a plate to get ready for pan frying.

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Heat 1 Tbsp. oil on medium high heat. Place tofu side down on pan first and cook 5-7 minutes or until brown on the bottom, then flip shrimp side down and cook until shrimp are pink/golden brown, around 4-5 minutes. Set on paper towels to soak up extra oil.

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Place tofu on a serving plate and drizzle sauce on top. Enjoy!



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