Tahu Goreng

This Malay and Nyonya Dish of deep-fried beancurd with spicy peanut sauce is beloved across Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore!
Tahu Goreng

Serves 4 people
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Fun Fact
  • Beancurd is a good source of protein, iron and calcium! Manganese, selenium and phosphorus are also present in this healthy food, as well as vitamin B1
Ingredients
  • 2 pcs firm tofu, halved or quartered
  • ½ cucumber, julienned
  • 100 g ground peanuts
  • 5 red chilies, roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 5 large shallots, quartered
  • ½ Tbsp tamarind pulp mixed with 30 ml water, seeds removed
  • 40 g bean sprouts, blanched
  • 1 tsp toasted Double Pagoda white sesame seeds
  • 35 ml Double Pagoda sesame oil
  • 100 ml Double Pagoda shallot oil
  • 40 ml kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ Tbsp salt
  • 50 ml water
Chef's Tips
Make your own shallot oil and crispy shallots!
  • In a pot on medium heat, add 200 ml vegetable oil and 5 thinly sliced shallots. When the shallots start changing color from golden to brown, turn off the heat.
  • Allow shallots to to render in the oil for another 10 minutes to impart more flavor, and turn a darker brown. Strain the shallots and keep them for garnishing, and bottle the oil for a delicious condiment!
Method

Blend and Fry Peanut Sauce

Tahu Goreng - Blend chili, garlic and shallots into rough paste. Add sesame oil

In a blender, add chili, garlic and 5 quartered shallots. Blend into a rough paste, then add 35 ml sesame oil. Blend into a smooth paste.

Tahu Goreng - Fry spice paste in pot

In a pot on medium heat, add spice paste and fry for 10 minutes, or until dry.

Tahu Goreng - Add ground peanuts

Add ground peanuts and stir well.

Tahu Goreng - Add kecap manis, sugar, salt, water

When combined, add 40 ml kecap manis, 1 Tbsp sugar, ½ Tbsp salt, 50 ml water and tamarind water. Mix well and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.


Shallow-fry firm tofu

Tahu Goreng - Shallow fry tofu with shallot oil

In a pot on medium heat, add 100 ml shallot oil and shallow-fry firm tofu. Set aside to drain.

Chef's Tip
  • Try air-frying the beancurd for a healthy take on this dish

Serve

Tahu Goreng - Serve with peanut sauce

Serve tofu hot with peanut sauce, blanched bean sprouts, and julienned cucumbers. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.