Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Homemade Tofu With Leeks And Mushroom Topping

Homemade tofu is healthy tofu....no preservative but of course lots of work involved. First you have to make your own soy milk, then add eggs to the soy milk , steam at the right temperature...this part of course is the easiest but it is the making of soy milk that takes time. Once you have the soy milk ready, then the rest is easy.

This recipe I took it from the lastest issue of Flavour Magazine . I tweaked the recipe a bit. Instead of having pickled vegetables and smoked salmon as toppings, I made my own topping . Leeks and fresh shiitake mushrooms topping with oyster sauce gravy. Tofu is my favourite and what more with leeks and fresh mushrooms topping...delish ! A healthy meal to blow away the Monday blues :p 

I made a mistake here while making this special tofu...I oversteamed it by 5 minutes and that 5 minutes had made them slightly porous...so please take note not to over steam it and make sure it is steam under medium low fire.  Just the same it tasted good especially with those delicious leeks and mushrooms topping. Fresh Shiitake mushrooms and leeks blend well when it comes to flavor.  A simple and delicious tofu dish and healthy too.  I used one half of this loaf of tofu. The other half I wrapped it in cling wrap and keep for deep frying for the next meal. This homemade tofu can't keep long in the fridge so it is adviseable to finish it the next day :)

I have oversteamed it by 5 minutes and did not use food processor as
instructed. I used a fork ( lazy me ) so it did not look smooth as it
should be. My advise to you is to use a cling wrap
to line the loaf pan so that it is easy to lift the tofu out when it has cool down.

see all the holes...oversteaming ! But just the same it tasted good ,
despite the holes, the tofu tasted smooth :)

I tweaked the recipe a bit. Instead of having pickled vegetables
and smoked salmon as topping, I made my own topping
leeks and mushrooms topping with oyster sauce gravy

Homemade Tofu With Leeks & Mushroom Topping - homemade tofu taken from Flavour Magazine July - August 2010  Issue

Ingredients :

200gm fish paste
2 squares soft tofu
2 tubes japanese tofu
2 tbsp cornflour
2 egss,
salt and pepper to taste

Topping ingredients:

2 pips of garlic - chopped finely
2 small leeks - cut into slices diagonally
5 fresh shiitake mushroom - cut into thin slices

gravy mixture :
(mix all the below ingredients together )
1 tbsp of grapeseed oil
1/2 tsp oyster sauce
1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp cornflour
1/2 tsp of cooking wine

To prepare homemade tofu:

Blend all ingredients in a food processor into a smooth paste. Pour the paste into a large oiled pan ( you can use cling wrap to line your pan ) Steam for 20 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool. Cut to the size you desire.

To prepare the topping :

Heat up oil in a wok, add in the garlic and saute till fragrant, add in the mushrooms and leeks and stir fry till the mushrooms are cooked, add in the gravy mixture and mixed well with the leeks and mushroom and cook till it thickens. Dish up and pour over the sliced tofu and served hot .

Enjoy !

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  1. This is healthy and nutritious. But making the tofu from scratch, mmmm .... have to think twice, lazy me!

  2. Well done, dear Elin!
    And don't worry about the holes!LOL
    Best regards,

  3. wow luks so delicious and yummy.My all time favourite.

  4. It's really tough to make tofu at home. But, it's worthy effort.

  5. I'm very impressed with your homemade tofu! WOW!

  6. Thanks for posting the recipe, including your mistakes is a generous act. We all make them and it's the best way to learn. Thanks.

  7. Quite a challenge making your own tofu, and I take my toque (chefs hat) off to you!

    No worries about the air pockets in the tofu, and I suppose there are presses you can make that would help to remove them.

    We use heavy bricks that have been wrapped with several layers of plastic and then foil and weight down our terrines and this helps to remove air pockets, just and idea.

    Bon appetit!

  8. yummy!! thanks for the recipe.. i learn a new dish today.. :)

  9. Ya Elin, fish paste can course the texture more spongy and nice. I like this simple recipe too. See, we can't purposely go to buy a soy bean machine just for this, right? Hope you're enjoying your day.
    Regards, Kristy
    p/s still waiting for Jo's massages? Well, she'll be back very soon.

  10. WOOOOW ... homemade tofu !! Tofu here is akin to eating gold, the price ! Haha. These look so yummy

  11. Mmmm....my perfect dinner meal! I love homemade egg tofu too. I'm glad that I can get unsweetened soya milk so making this tofu is a lot easier. Quite sometime I have not made. Need to make soon.

  12. Your homemade tofu reminds me of Japanese egg roll =) I have to try your recipe!

  13. Cheah...yup very healthy and full of protein :)

    Robert san...thanks for dropping by...haha those holes occured when one is too lazy. I was supposed to use the food processor to blend them together to get a finer texture...heehee lesson learned from this experience :))

    Abraham....yup it is :)

    Little Inbox...not really tough..just a little patience :)

    Belinda...thanks :)

    Carol...thanks for your encouragement and kind words :) Yup it is cooking experience and learning from it when you get feedback and tips from more expect people :)

    Chef Ryan....heehee thanks for the tip and words of encouragement :)

    Claire...haha you can cook better than me :) you are just being humble :p

    Kristy....my gal can cook better than me :) yup can't wait for her to be back...but she is having so much fun so looks like she might stay back for a while :p

    Jo..can't wait for u to be back so that I can cook more interesting meal for you. You are eating salad all the time ..not enuf meat! :p

    Mary Moh ...glad that you can make your own egg tofu...I love to make it too when I have the time...so healthy and you can make so many different dishes with the tofu :)

    Ann...do try making your own egg tofu....it is a challenge if you can find unsweetened soy milk from your side of the world. Jo told me that tofu is expensive over in UK :)

  14. wow! You made your own tofu! Very impressed!

  15. I love all kinds of tofu. It's ok with the air pockets. Gives it a different texture but I am sure it is still very delicious. Love the topping too.

  16. homemade tofu, oh how great ..what mistakes??? I love it!!


  17. Love the homemade tofu...so fresh and healthy!

  18. Hi Grace, Biren , Sweetlife and Angie ...:) this tofu may not llok smooth but it is. Do try it out but please use a food processor so that it has a finer texture than mine. I love tofu so healthy and delish !

  19. Wow! homemade tofu! i will have to give this a try! thanks for the recipe!


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