Recipe:Hot & Sour Tofu Stir Fried

One of the popular dishes for tofu is called Ma Po Dou Fu (tofu in hot bean sauce). Presented here is a twist, I would like to call it Hot & Sour Tofu Stir Fried.  It  contains Thai and Chinese fused flavour. Hot and spicy still with additional tinge of sourness and crispness from lime.

Ingredients (Serve 3)

  • 1 box of firm tofu (~ 750g), cut in cubes of 2 cm X 2cm X 2cm
  • 2 tbsp of  Tom Yum paste + dissolved in about 200 ml of water
  • 1 stalk of bashed lemon grass
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1-2 wedges of lime
  • 1 handful of dried shrimps
  • 2 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 1 fresh chilli, chopped
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
  • Sesame seeds

Interested to carry on after seeing the ingredients? If so, be my guest and read on..


  1. Soak the dried shrimps in hot water, set aside. Chop up the garlic, chillies & coriander, set them aside in individual bowls. Cut the firm tofu in cubes and leave aside.
  2. At this stage, the shrimps should be rehydrated in the hot water. Drain and chop them up, set aside.
  3. Heat up a wok or a pot with light veg oil until hot.
  4. When it starts to smoke, add in garlic, stir around quickly and turn the heat to medium simultaneously.
  5. Add in the chopped shrimps. Followed by bashed lemon grass and Tom Yum solution.
  6. Stir the ingredients around until aromatic.
  7. Now, add in the tofu cubes to coat with the Tom Yum concoction in the wok.
  8. Season with fish sauce. Depending if you like the dish to be more moist or dry, add in more or no water accordingly.
  9. Stir the tofu gently to coat on medium heat (try not to break up the tofu)until all the flavour being soaked up.
  10. Just before serving, squeeze some lime juice over the dish, quickly stir the contents to mix.
  11. Dish it up. Garnish with chopped coriander, chopped chilli and sesame seeds.
  12. Have it with a bowl of plain Jasmine rice. Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Recipe:Hot & Sour Tofu Stir Fried

  1. Hey there,good to hear from you again! Yeah, using DSLR (Nikon) as much as possible these days though sometimes still use P&S, the lenses used are described under ‘Pics’ page.

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