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Tofu Skin Salad with Sambal Matah (Vegan)

Tofu Skin Salad with Sambal Matah (Vegan)

  • Author: Deyana Goh
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Tofu & Tempeh, Snacks
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Diet: Vegan


This is an experimental dish combining the refreshing Balinese sambal matah, with a Chinese dish known as tofu skin salad. Here, sambal matah and Sichuan pepper oil are mixed with sliced tofu skin.


  • 200g tofu skin, thinly sliced
  • 2 bird’s eye chillies, chopped
  • 5 large shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, use the tender white part, finely chopped
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp Sichuan pepper oil


  1. Boil the tofu skin for 3-5 min. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except the tofu skin, vegetable oil, and Sichuan pepper oil. Continue mixing until the shallots start to sweat and the ingredients are well-combined, about 5-10 min.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan or a wok until it starts to smoke, then add the Sichuan pepper oil. Turn off the flame after a few seconds.
  4. Pour the hot oil over the shallot mix, and mix well.
  5. Add the tofu skin, and mix well. Serve.

    Tofu Skin with Sambal Matah is served


  • You can always make your own Sichuan oil with Sichuan peppercorns, or buy a bottle of Sichuan chilli that comes with the peppers.

Keywords: Spicy, experimental, one-pot meal, vegan, quick and easy