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Braised Bean Curd (Firm Tofu) with Mushrooms Recipe

Braised Tofu in Claypot
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This time of year when the days are short and the nights are cold, I turn to claypot cooking for warmth and comfort. Be it claypot bak kut teh, claypot chicken rice, stews, or soups, claypot somehow adds that earthy aroma to the dish I cook and make the food a lot more appealing just because it’s cooked and served in a claypot. This claypot full of braised bean curd/firm tofu (in the US, bean curd is marketed as firm tofu at the grocery stores) with mushrooms is no exception. In a way, claypot cooking is like a fireplace; it gives you that warm cozy feeling…

I have many recipes to share when it comes to braised tofu–there are just endless possibilities. You can play with the different protein, be it pork, chicken, or seafood. You can also throw in different vegetables and mushrooms you like–napa cabbage, carrots, bok choy, dried shitake mushrooms, button mushrooms, enoki, and the list goes on. And then there is the sauce: soy sauce, oyster sauce, with beaten egg, or without it. As I said earlier, endless possibilities and all delicious.

My creation was a bit spontaneous. I had some leftover ground pork but no vegetables in the fridge, so this is my simple dish. Oh yeah, this braised bean curd with mushrooms made my stomach all warm and cozy, despite a cold night outside…

Rasa Malaysia Suggested Menus This braised bean curd (firm tofu) with mushrooms would go well with

  1. Stir-fried Brussels Sprouts with Dried Sole Fish
  2. Pork Rib and Lotus Root Soup
  3. Assam Pedas Fish (Malaysian Spicy Fish Curry)

For more menu ideas, please click here for Rasa Malaysia Recipe Index.

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41 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Jen Yu

    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. *kel

    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 :)

  3. evolvingtastes

    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.

  4. Nate 2.0

    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.

  5. Lydia

    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!

  6. Oh for the love of food!

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

  7. Kevin

    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?

  8. daphne

    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.

  9. Christy

    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)

  10. Kenny Mah

    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

  11. tigerfish

    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).

  12. Christine

    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.

  13. christine

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

  14. Anonymous

    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.

  15. Anonymous

    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.

  16. Hungry Vivian

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

  17. Cindy

    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!!!

  18. Katherine

    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.

  19. 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

  20. Shivani

    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 :)

  21. Tammy

    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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