Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork

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This Chinese braised tofu with ground pork is my family’s favorite dish. Every time we go to a local Chinese restaurant, this will be the one dish we order. The whole family loves it so much, so I decided to try cooking it at home.

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Braised Tofu With Ground Pork

It turned out to be so easy to cook and tastes almost like the one we have in the Chinese restaurant. It is so soft so when you eat it, it just slides down in so easily.

What is Chinese Braised Tofu with Ground Pork?

Chinese Braised Tofu with ground pork is ground pork cooked gently with soy sauce and tofu. The braising method, which involves slow-cooking in a minimal amount of liquid, makes the tofu soak up the rich essences of the pork and seasonings.

The dish originated in China. There are many versions from each provinces in China. Each has its own uniqueness.

Ingredients That Define Flavor

The ingredients are pretty simple and easy to fine. There are some important things to note in several items:

Ground Pork

You can get ground pork from supermarket nearby or jut toss the meat into the chopper. It is better to use pork with some fat in it. If it is too lean, it will taste different.

If you choose to use some meat slices instead of ground pork, it is fine. You can slice them into thin slices or match size slices. This way it will cook fast and easy.

Shrimp

Peel the shrimp and devein. If you like it crunchy, you can soak the shrimps in a baking soda solution for a while. Rinse clean after soaking.

Tofu

The best tofu to choose is the one usually sold covered with cloth. This can be found in asian grocery store or fresh market. If you can’t find this type, you can use any type of tofu available. Try to choose the silky type.

Braising Technique

Braising is a gentle cooking method that transforms simple ingredients into a delightful dish. Many Chinese dish use this braising method, thus creating a simple, luscious texture while maintaining the essential flavor of each ingredients.

Understanding Braising

Braising combines two cooking methods: searing and simmering. It starts with searing the ingredients at high heat, developing a golden crust and locking in the flavors.

Subsequently, the ingredients are simmered in a liquid on low heat for an extended period, allowing them to absorb the liquid’s flavors and become tender.

Braising in Ground Pork Tofu

Searing the Pork:

  • Start by heating oil in a pot or a deep pan. Once hot, add the minced garlic and cook it until it’s browned and crispy.
  • Continue by adding the ground pork. Cook it until it changes color and fragrant. This is crucial in forming the base for the broth.

Adding Aromatics and Seasonings:

  • Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, and cooking wine to enhance the flavor.

Incorporating Tofu and Liquid:

  • Tofu is then added to the mix. The soft texture of tofu is able to absorb the flavors from the pork and seasonings.

Simmering:

  • Bring the whole pan to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. This allows the tofu to absorb the liquid and seasonings.

Finishing Touches:

  • Taste it to check if the balance of the whole flavor is achieved or not. You may add a little more soy sauce if it is not enough.

Braised Tofu Recipe

  • 200 gr ground pork
  • 50 gr shrimp
  • 1 big tofu
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 stems of sliced leeks or coriander leaves

Sauce Mixture

Prepare the sauce mixture except the corn flour slurry in a bowl. This way you won’t miss a thing.

  • ½  tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cooking wine
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 100 ml water
  • 2 tsp corn flour + water (slurry)

Step By Step

  • Heat some oil in a wok. Wait until it is hot enough to put in the minced garlic.
  • Stir fry the garlic until the color turns to golden. Put in the ground pork, stir fry until it is pale and fragrant.
  • Pour in the sauce mixture. Stir fry until the sauce is evenly spread.
  • Put in the tofu. Cut the tofu into pieces using a cooking spatula. If you prefer big chunks, cut in big sizes. The tofu is so soft it will break down easily somehow.
  • Put in the shrimp. Pour in the cornstarch slurry a little bit. Take a look if it is too thick or not. If it is too runny, pour in some more cornstarch slurry. If it is too thick, pour a little more water into it.
  • Stir fry until the shrimp changes color. Then, it is ready to serve on a plate. Sprinkle some leeks or coriander leaves if you like.
  • Best served with hot, steamy rice!

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: What is the shelf life of braised ground pork tofu leftovers?

A: I would highly recommend you consume the leftover within 3-4 days. It is very important to store them in an airtight container to maintain the texture and prevent drying up. Before consuming the leftover, you can reheat them in a microwave.

Q: Can I add any chilli in the recipe?

A: Yes, you can. Add dried chili or fresh chili if you like it to be spicy.

Q: Is this dish suitable for meal prepping?

A: Yes, braised ground pork tofu is an excellent dish for meal prepping. If you cook a larger batch, you can divide it into individual portions. For longer storage, you can freeze the cooked meal for up to 3 months.

Q: Can I use a different meat instead of pork?

A: Yes, you can substitute it with other ground meats like chicken, turkey, or beef. Adjust the seasonings as each meat may give a different flavor to the dish.

Q: Is is possible to make a vegetarian version of this dish?

A: Absolutely! You can substitute the ground pork with tempeh or mushrooms. Adjust the seasonings with plant-based soy sauce.

Conclusion

Braised ground pork tofu is a Chinese dish that combines the rich flavor of savory ground pork and delicate tofu.

With the right braising method you can achieve the same flavor like you had in any Chinese restaurant.

It is a culinary experience to craft this nourishing and satisfying dish. Put on your apron and let the adventure begin right at your home!

If you like ground pork, please check my other recipes here, Ground pork topping for noodle, Ground pork patty.

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BRAISED TOFU / GROUND PORK TOFU

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Braised tofu with ground pork is a very popular dish in Asia. It is very delicious and the combination soft tofu and ground pork makes it a special dish.

Ingredients

  • 200 gr minced pork
  • 50 gr shrimp
  • 1 big tofu
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 stems of sliced leeks

Sauce

  • ½ tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cooking wine
  • 2 tsp corn flour
  • 100 ml water
  • 1-2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sugar

Instructions

  1. Prepare the sauce mixture so it is more convenient to cook.
  2. Heat some cooking oil in a wok. Wait until it is hot enough.
  3. Put in the minced garlic. Stir fry until the color is golden brown or until it is fragrant.
  4. Put in the ground pork, stir fry until it is fragrant and a little pale.
  5. Pour in the sauce mixture. Stir fry until the ground pork changes color.
  6. Now put in the tofu. You can stir fry the tofu or cut the tofu in smaller pieces using your spatula.
  7. Pour in a little water (+/-100 ml) to have some broth.
  8. Mix 1-2 tsp cornstarch with a little water and pour in to add thickness.
  9. Add the shrimp, stir fry until the shrimp changes color.
  10. Turn off the stove and pour into a big plate to serve.
  11. Sprinkle with leeks or coriander leaves.
  12. Better eaten with hot, steamy rice.

Notes

1. You can use chinese tofu that is usually covered with cloth. This is the best one to use with this recipe.

2. After you put in the tofu, use the spatula to cut the tofu into pieces. It doesn't have to be in small pieces. The tofu is very soft so it will break into pieces easily.

3. Put in the shrimp last so it is still crunchy and juicy.

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