Tumis tauge tahu, or stir-fried beansprouts with tofu, is a simple dish I turn to when I don’t know what else to make. This dish is easy to make, doesn’t require that many ingredients, and can be healthy and nutritious. It’s vegan, too, and has a good balance of fibre and protein all in a single dish.
In this recipe, the tofu is cut into small rectangles, about one inch long, and then deep fried till firm and golden. After that, the tofu is stir-fried with the other ingredients. The main purpose of the deep-frying is to make sure the tofu doesn’t fall apart. Otherwise, when vigorously stir-fried, it will result in scrambled tofu. But I personally don’t mind scrambled tofu at all – in fact I quite enjoy it! So if you do, too, you can skip the deep-frying. Not deep frying it also makes the dish much, much healthier.
This dish is best served with steamed white rice along with a light curry such as opor ayam, or with a slightly-sweet, soy sauce-based gravy such as semur. And as always, if you want to up the spice, enjoy it with a sambal like sambal tomat.Print
This is a simple stir-fried dish consisting of beansprouts and tofu, and is a great balance of fibre and protein for a complete vegan meal.
- 200g beansprouts
- 1 block of tofu, cut into small rectangles
- 3 shallots, peeled and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
- 2 big red chillies, sliced diagonally
- 2 tsp chopped spring onion
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- Salt to taste
- Soak the tofu pieces in salt water for 10 minutes. Drain, and dry the excess moisture with a paper towel.
- Lightly fry the tofu on medium-high heat till they turn a light golden-yellow, around 5 min. This is to firm up the tofu and prevent it from breaking up later on. (optional)
- Saute the shallots for 3 minutes on medium heat, till they soften.
- Add the garlic and red chillies. Saute for another 2 minutes.
- Add the spring onions. Saute for 1 minute.
- Add the beansprouts, tofu, and salt to taste. Stir-fry for 5 minutes.
- Turn off the stove and serve.
- Remember to choose a firm tofu (tau kwa in the local Singapore Chinese dialects), rather than the silken variety.
Keywords: Vegan, Quick & Easy, Spicy, Common ingredients