When Mochachocolata-Rita announced her Chinese take out party, I raised my hand up to participate immediately. Firstly, I really like her posts and quirky funny write ups. Secondly, there is a lucky draw prize involved-how can I miss out on a lucky draw? (ok, so I barely won anything from a lucky draw but probability dictates that I should win something sometime right?)
I have a few reasons for choosing this dish. A while back, I spotted Beachlover Kitchen's post on a similar take on this and it jogged my memory. I simply cannot get enough of the crips silky texture of fried tofu in this dish. Also, this is AR's favourite Chinese take out dish and I really wanted to cook something for him especially after all the help he has given me.
However, I'm still half fuming over a couple of incidents between us recently. Long hours working + wedding planning= more arguments. I maintained that being engaged doesn't mean I'm bound to silliness and other inconsiderate behaviours though. I know, it's contradictory, he can be soooo helpful and then inconsiderate shortly after. Grrr. Men.
Ok, he apologised so I grudgingly packed this for his lunch. No more of this nonsense!
(Not so sizzling) Japanese Tofu ( serves 4) 2 tubes of Japanese tofu cornflour
300 grams of ground chicken meat (or pork) 1/4 cup of hua tiao jiu 3 tablespoon of soya sauce 1 table spoon of oyster sauce 1/2 tsp of salt pepper 1 tsp of cornflour
4 pieces of hydrated shitake mushrooms chopped 1/4 cup of chicken stock garlic chopped chili 10 peeled prawns/shrimps olive oil
1 tsp cornflour mix with cold water (optional)
1) Marinate mince.
2) Preheat wok with oil for shallow frying. Slice tofu and pat it with paper towel (very important if not you will have hot oil splatter over u!). Coat tofu in corn flour. Fry tofu in work for around 5-10 minutes, turning half way through. Remove from the work and set aside.
3) Fry garlic and chili in the same wok. Add mince mixture. Stir fry till nearly done and add the mushrooms and prawns. Add stock if mixture appears too dry. Taste to check if the seasoning is right.
4) Add the cornstarch mixture if using.
5) Add tofu. Gently stir. Serve immediately with a hot bowl of rice.
food brings people together, regardless of culture and country of origin. imagine this space like a huge dining table-filled with home cooked food, with people sharing, loving and eating. eat and enjoy.