Stir-fried Bean Curd with Leeks Recipe
November 04th, 2006 29 Comments

Stir-fried Bean Curd with Leeks Recipe

Leek and Bean Curb

Some of the greatest dishes call for really simple ingredients, such as this Hokkien delicacy “Stir-fried Bean Curd with Leeks.” While I love fancy Chinese food that entails scarce and expensive ingredients such as abalone, scallops, sea cucumber, and live seafood, sometimes I like my food very plain, simple, yet nostalgic.

Stir-fried Bean Curd with Leek

This Hokkien dish is my mother’s specialty and certainly one of my favorite home-cooked food. Of Hokkien descent, my mother has a way of making everyday Hokkien dishes very tasteful. A few years ago, she came to the United States for a visit and taught me how to prepare this dish. While I’d learned most of her skills, I could never reproduce her unique flavors as she does it so well.

One valuable tip about making this dish is to make sure that your leeks are uber fresh. The onion-y essence will perk up the taste of fried bean curd and with the help of Taucheo (fermented yellow bean sauce) and shrimp, you will have a savory dish to go with your steamed white rice.

In Penang, there are a few great restaurants that serve this classic Hokkien dish along with some homey-tasting dishes. If you are in Penang and would like to try out restaurants other than Penang hawker food, do check out the following restaurants.

Goh Huat Seng Restaurant
59A Lebuh Kimberly
10100 Penang
Tel: 04-2615811, 04-2615646

My favorite Chinese restaurant in Penang. The food is excellent and the price is very cheap.

Rasa Malaysia recommends stir-fried oysters with taucheo (fermented yellow bean sauce), crab rolls, stir-fried spinach with dried fish, braised duck, and their flagship steamboat.

Goh Swee Kee Restaurant
5 Jalan Seri Bahari
10500 Penang
Tel: 04-263-6932

Rasa Malaysia recommends Teowchew steamed fish and home-made prawn balls.

Ang Hoay Lor
5H Jalan Rangoon
10400 Penang
Tel: 04-2285378

Rasa Malaysia recommends stir-fried bean curd with leeks (Tau Kua Suan Nah) and noodles fried with oysters.

Nan Yang Chinese Cuisine
164 Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (Cross Road is Armenia Street)
10200 Penang
Tel: 04-2616618

I absolutely love the ambience and decor of this restaurant. The food is not as good as the above restaurants, but Nan Yang restaurant oozes old Penang charm and nostalgia. Click here to see the pictures of this restaurant.

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  1. Ken says:

    My mother makes this dish too and you are right about going well with steamed white rice, and sambal belacan. Instead of shrimps, sometimes my mother uses squid, and it tastes equally good.

  2. Chris says:

    It’s ok, take your sweet time to do the linking. No rush.

    I’m using

    Anyways, I haven’t seen such dish before, will give it a try tonight. Cheers.

  3. Rasa Malaysia says:


    Thanks, will check it out. Thinking to use poll to do a post soon. :)

  4. Chris says:

    That’s a good idea, I’m looking forward to it. Take care.

  5. Mae says:

    I absolutely adore beancurd! I don’t cook it often as my Fiance isn’t a big fan. I’ll remember this recipe next time i find some beancurd in the supermarket.

    Thanks for the recipe. It looks so delish and satisfying. One i’m sure to love.

  6. Rasa Malaysia says:


    Let me know how yours turn out. Yes, I am also a big fan of bean curd, in fact, I am a big fan of all Tofu-related products – soy bean milk, tofu skin, anything made from soy. ;)

  7. wmw says:

    Lotsa places to go to in Penang when I next go there! Thanks for the addresses…

  8. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Hey WMW,

    Yes, you should go and please share with me your eating excursions. :)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ang Hoay Lor ‘s prawn is bigger than yours! hahaha

  10. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Aiyo Ho Jiak,

    You don’t “perli” me like that one lah, LOL. I know, they are big and succulent and their Fried Bean Curd with Leek is very ho jiak (tasty), that’s why I recommended it. :)

  11. wmw says:

    Sorry, reposting this again, opened too many windows and had earlier posted the comment in the wrong post.

    Oh, if you are ever in PJ,try this fave restaurant of mine…(if you haven’t already, that is)

    Or better still, get in touch with me, we’ll go together!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Leekylicious !! very authentic, the tofu pockets looked juicy, good job, BY :)


  13. Audrey Cooks says:

    I haven’t tried this dish before but looks absolutely delicious. I love leeks but usually cook them with fish. Thanks for sharing. “Pei sei … hokkien lang boh choo koay!”

  14. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Audrey –

    Do try it out…the taucheo really kicks up the flavor.

  15. Chubbypanda says:

    Tofu recipes are awesome. I need to this one out. One of these days I need to post my Vegetarian Mapo Tofu recipe.

    - Chubbypanda

  16. Audrey Cooks says:

    I tried it today but I used a different type of tofu, slim like the size of the thumb and some “ma ha” (a type of sweet prawns), with leeks, tasted really good. No photos this time I’m afraid but when I cook it again, you’ll see it on my blog! Thanks again.

  17. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Chubbypanda – yes, please cook and post the recipe. Mapo Tofu is great.

    Audrey – Thanks for trying out the recipe. I wanted to see your pictures…by the way, talking about bean curd, the bean curd here in the States is huge. You get like the whole block and you cut them up yourself, not like in Malaysia where you can get small pieces in the market. By the way, what is “ma ha?” Would love to see the picture too!

  18. babe_kl says:

    my mom make this using the chives flower (not sure of the correct term)

  19. simcooks says:

    Looks like this is a “my mom cooks this too!” kind of recipe cos hehe guess what… my mom also cooked this before and it’s delicious!

  20. Anonymous says:

    I would like to ask how to cook sweet pea vegetable.

  21. deeTha says:

    Nice Blog!!!
    SaLam keNaL
    maSakaNNya eNak-eNak

  22. ashan says:

    Hi, when you say “Fry the bean curd pieces to light brown” do you mean deep fry? or stir-fry in the pan?

  23. nisha says:

    Made this stir-fried bean curd with leeks a few times already and theyr my family’s favourite.

  24. dians says:

    Hey, i’m your regular visitors. Thanks so much for keep posting such delicious recipes :) Btw, I am gonna cook this tonight. But instead of leeks, I am using chives. It adds unique flavour to it. It’s my mom recipe :P

  25. Jennifer says:

    i live in western australia, n i m dying for fresh bean curds. i can buy it in the supermarket here. Anybody who know how to make bean curds????????

  26. can you give me the recipe of
    the famous food in malaysia and japan,korea
    tnx and more power

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  28. Jessica says:

    Looks so good! What type of tofu did you use? I’d love to try this at home.

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