Sunday’s with Mom: Stuffed Tofu

  • Stuffed tofu is a childhood favorite of ours and maybe it will be one of your favorites too!

    As most of you know, my love of cooking started in the kitchen with my mom. As a child, I would always be in the kitchen with her soaking up all the intricacies that it took to make a certain dish. My mom taught me a lot of basic skills in the kitchen and she also taught me a lot of traditional Chinese recipes that she watched her mom (my grandmother) make in the kitchen.

    I’m starting a short new series called, “Sunday’s with Mom” merely for me. I honestly don’t believe anyone will make the recipe that I’ll be posting within these series – not because they aren’t delicious (they are), but because they’re somewhat time-consuming, as a lot of Chinese dishes are. And there are a bunch of ingredients that aren’t familiar and not something you’d keep in the pantry. I would love it, of course, if you made one of these recipes within the series but I know it’s a slim chance.

    So why am I even posting these? Like I said, it’s mainly for me. I want these recipes as an online memory book for my future family. Once my parents are gone, I won’t have my mom telling me how to make anything. I want these recipes to pass down to my children and I want a recollection of how to make these beloved childhood dishes of mine. All the recipes in this series are childhood recipes my mom would make all the time for my brother and I and I want to treasure them. I’m sharing these because maybe you’ll want to try some of the dishes I had as a child or maybe you want to try something new in the kitchen. Whatever the intention, I hope you enjoy this series as much as I did writing it.

    Stuffed tofu is a childhood favorite of ours and maybe it will be one of your favorites too!

    My mom always made the most delicious sauces to go with meats and side dishes. Getting together with her to make a lot of our childhood dishes was so nostalgic but it was also somewhat hard because she doesn’t write down anything :) I understand where she’s coming from, though, because that’s how I am in the kitchen if I’m not cooking for the blog or cookbook. A splash of this here, a pinch of that there. As I followed my mom around in the kitchen, I had to keep reminding her she needed to measure ingredients out so I could document it. Haha, it’s seriously one of the biggest challenges! I really do hate measuring!

    Anyway, so this stuffed tofu recipe was one of our childhood dishes. It is a bit time-consuming to make as you have to carefully ‘carve’ out the center of the tofu and then stuff it with the pork mixture and dredge it in flour and then pan-fry it. I mean, the results are obviously awesome but if you’re short on time and/or just coming home from work, I would definitely save this as a dish for the weekend.

    Stuffed tofu is a childhood favorite of ours and maybe it will be one of your favorites too!

     

    Sunday's with Mom: Stuffed Tofu
    Prep Time
    25 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    45 mins
     
    Stuffed tofu is a childhood favorite of ours and maybe it will be one of your favorites too!
    Servings: 4
    Ingredients
    • 1 pound medium firm tofu, has to be medium firm or firm...soft will crumble!
    For the filling
    • 1/2 pound ground pork
    • 1 scallion, diced
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
    • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon shaoxing cooking wine
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    For the coating
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    For the sauce
    • 3 scallions, cut into 1 inch pieces
    • 3 large pieces of ginger, sliced thin
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • Shiitake mushrooms
    • 2/3 cup frozen veggies, thawed
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 cup of water
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
    Instructions
    1. Begin by prepping your tofu to be stuffed. Cut your tofu into thick, 2-inch squares. Using a melon baller or a spoon, carve out the center of the tofu, being very careful not to go all the way through the other side! Set aside. (You can keep the carved out tofu center and use them in the dish, too)
    2. For the pork filling, mix together all ingredients for the filling with your hands or spatula.
    3. Using about a tablespoon or more of filling, roll into a ball and gently press into the center of the tofu. Repeat until all tofu is filled and filling is mostly used up (see note below).
    4. In two separate bowls, add egg in one and flour in the other. Carefully cover the tofu in the egg then dredge it in flour on both sides. Repeat until all is covered lightly in flour.
    5. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add about 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to the pan. Carefully place the tofu into the skillet and cook on both sides for 2-3 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside on a plate. It won't be thoroughly cooked through but you'll cook it through later.
    6. In the same skillet, add scallions, ginger, garlic, mushrooms and frozen (thawed) veggies. Saute for 2-3 minutes then add the liquids. Let simmer for 2 minutes then add the tofu back into the sauce. Allow mixture to simmer for 7-10 minutes, or until pork is completely cooked through. I encourage flipping the tofu throughout the cooking process.
    7. Once done cooking, plate the tofu first then pour sauce all over the top!
    Recipe Notes

    If you happen to have extra filling leftover, just throw it into the skillet, break it up into crumbs and cook along with the sauce.

     

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  • Shirley says:

    I love this new series and i think it’s a great idea. If i had more time, I’d try making this dish. It looks delicious!

  • Wanda says:

    Great idea! I am Chinese, but do not know how to make any Chinese dishes. Hopefully I get a chance to make some of these treasured recipes from your mom.

  • marla says:

    Such a nice series! Love the recipe :)

  • Maria says:

    The sauce sounds delicious!

  • Heather Christo says:

    I LOVE That you are doing this!! it’s just such a great idea and you and your future children will be so happy that you did- plus the tofu looks amazing!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Mmmmm! Gimme!

  • Kelly says:

    Love this new series! As I get older, I totally appreciate all the traditional Chinese recipes more than when I was younger. This stuffed tofu looks incredible and full of flavor! So fun that you got to make all these nostalgic dishes together with your mom :)

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I think it’s fantastic you’re both making an effort to cook together to preserve these dishes and memories! :)

  • Annie @ Annie's Noms says:

    I think this is a great new series! I love Chinese cuisine, the time put in really does give great results, it has to be my favourite cuisine EVER!! It just so happens I’m marrying a Chinese man too, not just for his ability to cook amazing dishes though!!! ;)

  • Veg says:

    Thought this was going to be vegan or at least vegetarian. Disappointing.

    • Julie says:

      Hi, sorry you’re disappointed. Not all tofu recipes are vegetarian; I think that’s what makes this dish unique and surprising. Oh well!

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