Grilled Crisp Tofu Pockets (Tahu Bakar)
(Note: Tofu is spelled as “Tahu” – the Indonesian spelling instead of “Tauhu” in the cookbook.)
My friend Andrea Nguyen at Viet World Kitchen has recently released a new cookbook “Asian Tofu: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It At Home.” It’s one of the cookbooks that I really look forward to because I love tofu and tofu-related products.
The book was sent to me when I was in Malaysia. The first thing upon returning to my Irvine home, I dug through my piles of magazines and books and looked for Asian Tofu. The first night when I woke up middle of the night due to jetlag, I read through the beautiful cookbook. I only have one sentence to say about Andrea’s newest project: she is a real food writer and a pro…her passion, dedication, and knowledge in the subject matter shine through in Asian Tofu (and her previous books). I have a huge respect for her and her work; she is someone whom I constantly look up to.
Here is the tahu bakar recipe, or grilled crisp tofu pockets, an Indonesian/Malaysian snack that is both appetizing and brightly flavorful. I recently had an unforgettable tahu bakar when visiting my friend Indochine Kitchen in Medan, Indonesia. It’s a dish that I hope to re-create at home, and now I have the perfect recipe to refer to.
Asian Tofu: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It at Home by Andrea Nguyen is available for purchase at all major bookstores and online stores such as Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.
Reprinted with permission from Asian Tofu: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It at Home by Andrea Nguyen, copyright © 2012. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
Photo credit: Maren Caruso © 2012
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