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The secret ingredient of this delicious dish is Cha Ca Fish Meat Emulsion. Easily found at the frozen food section in Asian food stores, this fish paste tastes fresh and non-fishy.
While the Yong Tow Foo dishes served in Malaysia are usually drenched in a clear and soupy broth, I prefer my Yong Tow Foo steamed, lightly pan-fried and topped with yellow bean sauce. (This is, again, another homestyle recipe that I learned from my mother.)
So, without further ado, here is my recipe for Rasa Malaysia Yong Tow Foo or stuffed tofu, chili, and okra with fish paste.
Yong Tow Foo/Yong Tau Fu (Stuffed Tofu, Chili, Okra with Fish Paste) Recipe
While the Yong Tow Foo dishes served in Malaysia are usually drenched in a clear and soupy broth, I prefer my Yong Tow Foo steamed, lightly pan-fried and topped with yellow bean sauce.
- 1 Cha Ca Fish Meat Emulsion
- 6 red chilies, deseeded
- 6 okras / ladies fingers
- 10-12 fried tofu puffs
For fish paste seasoning:
For the sauce:
- 1 tablespoon taucheo, fermented yellow bean sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup water plus 1 teaspoon of cornstarch, stir well
Clean the okras and red chilies with water and slit in the middle (for stuffing). Discard the seeds of the red chilies, pat dry with paper towels. For the fried tofu puffs, poke an opening at the top surface with your finger (for stuffing). Set aside.
Add white pepper powder, sesame oil, chopped scallion and red chili into the fish emulsion and mix well.
Stuff the fish paste into the red chilies, okras, and fried tofu puffs using a butter knife. Fill the inside of the red chilies, okras, and tofu puffs but make sure that you do not over-stuff them.
Place the stuffed ingredients on a plate and steam for 5 minutes.
Pan-fried the steamed Yong Tow Foo lightly with some cooking oil. Dish up.
Heat up some oil in a wok and stir-fry the chopped garlic until light brown or fragrant. Add the taucheo (yellow bean sauce) and do a quick stir. Add water and sugar. As soon as the sauce thickens, add the Yong Tow Foo into the wok and stir well. Serve hot.
For the above serving, you need only half of the fish paste. The above fish paste is my personal favorite but you can substitute it with another brand. A good fish paste should be light grey in color (like the color of fresh fish meat). If the fish meat emulsion turns light brown or darker grey, it means the product has been frozen for a long time.