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Are you a tofu lover but still need some meat? We’ve got the recipe for you! This Steamed Tofu with Minced Pork recipe is deliciously healthy and surprisingly easy to make!
Benefits of Steamed Tofu
There are many ways to make tofu such as deep-frying, stir-frying, baking, in soup and more. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the method you use to prepare food can change how it benefits your body. For example, tofu is normally considered a “cooling” food but deep-frying your tofu will make it a “warming” food. You can learn more about the warming and cooling properties of food here.
Steaming your tofu on the other hand maintains its natural cooling property. In TCM, tofu is great for eliminating toxins and clearing out excess heat in your body. This makes it a perfect ingredient to include in your summer menu!
Tofu made any way has its benefits too. It has anti-inflammatory properties and contains high amounts of calcium. It’s also packed full of protein which makes it one of the most popular meat alternatives.
If you haven’t tried steaming your tofu before, this Steamed Tofu with Minced Pork is a great recipe to start with!
What Type of Tofu to Use
For those who aren’t aware, there are different varieties of tofu! Each one has its own use.
The main types are extra firm, firm, medium, soft and silken. Extra-firm and firm are best for stir-frying, deep-frying and baking. Medium-firm tofu works well in stir-fries and baking as well but the best way to enjoy it is by fermenting it! As for soft and silken tofu, you’ll most often see them in soups or even raw!
For this Steamed Tofu with Minced Pork recipe, we’ll need to use silken tofu. Of course, you can use different types of tofu. It will taste amazing regardless! You can even experiment and use fish tofu or egg tofu!
Steamed Tofu with Minced Pork Recipe
- 1 package silken tofu
- ¼ lb ground pork
- 2 tbsp dried shrimp, (optional)
- 2 stalks scallions
- 1 red chilli, (optional)
- 1 tsp oyster sauce
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- ½ cup water
- salt, to taste
- sugar, to taste
- ground white pepper, to taste
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- If you are using the dried shrimp, soak them in warm water for 10 minutes. After, drain the shrimps and chop them up.
- Next, prepare the ground pork and other ingredients. Season the pork with some salt and pepper. Set aside. Then, slice your scallions and red chillies, if using, into long diagonal strips.
- Now it’s time to steam your tofu. Use a pan or pot with a lid. Fill it with about 1 to 1 ½-inch of water and place some spoons upside down to prop the plate on. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. Put your block of tofu onto a plate and then carefully place the entire thing into the pot to steam. Steam the tofu for 5 minutes.
- After, heat up a wok or pan and stir-fry the ground pork and dried shrimps until it becomes fragrant. Add in the water, oyster sauce, soy sauce and bring it to a simmer. Add in scallions, red chillies if using sesame oil, salt and sugar to taste and the white pepper powder.
- Quick stir-fry everything together for 30 seconds to a minutes.
- Pour the stir-fried pork on top of the steamed tofu and serve hot with rice. Enjoy!