Braised Bean Curd (Firm Tofu) with Mushrooms Recipe
December 03rd, 2007 41 Comments

Braised Bean Curd (Firm Tofu) with Mushrooms Recipe

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Recipe: Braised Bean Curd (Firm Tofu) with Mushrooms


1 box firm tofu or 1 block bean curd
1/4 pound groud pork
5 shitake mushrooms (soaked in warm water for 20-30 minutes)
1 stalk scallion (chopped)
1 tablespoon sweet dark soy sauce (ABC Kecap Manis)
1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons water + 1 teaspoon corn starch
1 tablespoon oil
2 cloves garlic (finely hopped)
A dash of white pepper


Cut the bean curd into pieces and pat dry with paper towels. Heat up your wok or deep fryer and add oil. Deep fry the bean curd until light to golden brown, dish out and drain with paper towels. Set aside.

Heat up the claypot and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Stir-fry the chopped garlic until aromatic and toss in the ground pork, do a quick stir before adding the mushrooms and the fried bean curd. Add all seasonings and water and cover the claypot with its cover. Lower the heat to low and let it braise for 15 minutes. Before serving, add in the corn starch mixture to thicken the sauce. Toss in the chopped scallion and serve immediately.

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  1. Jen Yu says:

    Oooh, that’s one thing I don’t have (well – actually, that’s one of many things I don’t have) a claypot! I love that dish and it looks incredibly delicious in the photo. Yum. You’re right, it’s perfect for a cold evening. That is serious comfort food. :) Beautiful.

  2. K & S says:

    I don’t have those clay pots, but it sounds like a great way to warm up!

  3. *kel says:

    Hi, it’s way cool you’re sharing these homey dishes to the entire world! I recently got converted to be a claypot user cos my boyfriend has two of them, one smaller one, i use to make steam rice for two, and the bigger one for anything like soup, stews… and right now my version of chicken nasi briyani is keeping warm and moist inside while I go for a run and back for dinner later :)

  4. Lyrical Lemongrass says:

    Aah, a simple dish to lift the spirits. With steam and all, somemore! :-P

  5. Veron says:

    I don’t have a claypot as well, but this and the chicken rice is next on my list to try. I’m seriously hungry!

  6. Marvin says:

    This looks delicious! It never occurred to me that you could braise tofu. Tofu is so versatile!

  7. Mandira says:

    great recipe… i have to try that in the clay pot over the weekend :) looks fabulous.

  8. evolvingtastes says:

    Looks wonderfully warming. Have added ‘ABC Kecap Manis’ and a claypot to my never ending shopping list now. :-) I hope I can find both these things in an Asian store.

  9. Nate 2.0 says:

    That dish looks restaurant-quality. But I bet it tastes even better.

    If I go out to eat and get claypot, it’s usually with beef tendon or with seafood. Tendon and squid just call out to be braised in this way.

  10. Lydia says:

    Every time I see clay pots in my Asian grocery, I’m so tempted to buy one, but I really don’t know how to cook with it. This recipe is a great start!

  11. Oh for the love of food! says:

    Hi RM! your claypot tofu looks so delish! I love tofu dishes of any kind and this is really making me hungry!

  12. Kevin says:

    This looks really good! I have always wondered about clay pots. How do you cook with them? Do you place them directly on the stoves burner?

  13. daphne says:

    yum! What a great idea. I used as similar recipe base before and make braised siew yoke with mushrooms instead. Can’t wait to try this as well. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Christy says:

    It’s seriously great when you cook them in claypots; I always liked it better in claypots..keep em’ warm!:D
    I really love the mushrooms and beancurd; without the pork (that’s just my picky self:p)

  15. Cindy. Lo. says:

    I should never read your blog again when I’m hungry!

  16. Kenny Mah says:

    Haven’t been over for awhile, so sorry! But what a nice meal of clay pot bean curd and mushrooms to greet me! Yums! :D

  17. Mandy says:

    I want this for dinner tonight!

  18. wmw says:

    How come you’re cooking all my favourite food of late??? Hehehe…

  19. mycookinghut says:

    I love braised bean curd with mixed vegetables in the claypot!! yum!

  20. Cynthia says:

    The mushrooms look rather voluptuous and begs to be eaten :)

  21. tigerfish says:

    I don’t have a claypot! And the winter in Taiwan is not as cold as in the US.

    You just inspired me to try this since the ingredients are so simple and the combination with tofu can be so forgiving. Just in time for me, esp when I’m still trying to find ingredients in the supermarket here in Taiwan (the choices for ingredients are not as great as in the US, IMO).

  22. maybahay says:

    this looks beautiful in the claypot. great dish, i’m sure it’s delicious.

  23. wmw says:

    I take just the mushrooms, can ah? :o)

  24. Christine says:

    RM – I love claypot cooking and your photo is making me hungry! What is more comforting than tofu made this way? You’ve inspired me to pick up my claypot.

    And thank you for all your good work with Menu for Hope. I think it’s going to be another successful year.

  25. christine says:

    Ohhh I love this!! Tofu and mushrooms are two of my favorite food. I’m bookmarking this and will try it very soon. Thanks!

  26. ashan says:

    Oh no! I don’t have a claypot. Do I need to change anything when making this?

  27. Anonymous says:

    I made your braised bean curd with mushrooms after I bought the claypot and they are so divine! Your breaised bean curd with mushrooms recipe is definitely a keeper.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Rasa M, you are such a genious. I found your blog by accident (when I was searching for beef rendang recipe via google), but you’ve got all the Chinese recipes that I wanted. And I liked the fact that the ingredients are easy to find… oh I think my partner will love me even more when I surprise him with his favourite Chinese food at home.

  29. Hungry Vivian says:

    I didn’t cook this with the claypot but it still taste superb yummy. Especially on a cold day.. I love it

  30. Steve Holland says:

    Hi Rasa
    Here’s my attempt. Hope you don’t mind me referencing you?

    Nice recipe – I need to find an authentic Clay Pot!

  31. Cindy says:

    This looks absolutely amazing!!! When living in Amsterdam I often visited a Japanese restaurant and always had this dish aswell with stuffed trout and gyosa’s….even thinking of it makes my innerself crave!!! Will make it this comming monday!! And also I want to say: I ADORE your site!!!

  32. Katherine says:

    I quite enjoy your website, but this is the first time I have tried one of your recipes. I lived in China for a while and have started cooking without animal products, and am about to have a Lunar New Year’s party, so I need to expand my repertoire and chose your braised tofu recipe (minus the flavorful pork and kecap manis). This is also the first time I’ve fried tofu, and mine did not fry up golden even after a long time. I did more than pat the water out; I pushed down fairly hard with the cloths. Could you suggest how to improve the frying? I was using canola oil which has not been treated to increase the smokepoint.

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  35. I was looking for a tofu recipe and I stumbled upon your website. And OMG! You have an awesome site and recipes! Plus, I just tried this tofu recipe today and it was delicious. Easy to make too! Thanks a lot!!! :)

    p.s. come check out my site when you are free. :P

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  37. Wendee says:

    I just tried to cook this without a clay pot! Delicious!

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  39. Shivani says:

    I am wondering, what’s the difference if it is made in a claypot or a regular pot? Wanting to know if I should invest in a claypot because this recipe is delicious even when I use a regular pot :)

  40. Tammy says:

    I just made this and it was super delicious.! It’s quick, simple and easy. The only thing I changed was swapping the firm tofu for soft tofu.

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