I love to cook tofu and serve tofu for my family. It’s soft (easy to eat or chew), delicious, easy to cook, and also very nutritious. Tofu can be made into so many dishes, but the one that we love is especially the fried ones. Of course, eating fried tofu too much is not good for our health, and so that is why this steaming version of tofu is a good choice because it’s so delicious.
So far, I couldn’t find a similar recipe to the one that I made, so this can be a good additional recipe that you can try at home.
My mom was the one that came up with the idea of making this years ago, and back then she was not familiar at all with the internet so she couldn’t search for recipes , so I believe this recipe was her original idea.
Years ago, when my boy was still at a very young age, we all remember very well that he was a picky eater and we had difficulty feeding him and in some point, it really frustrated us. It took a long time for him to eat solid food even though he was already in kindergarten and he still preferred soft food as it was easy to chew for him. My mom also tried to cook different kinds of dishes everyday, but since he was a picky eater…………….sometimes he liked those dishes, and sometimes he didn’t.
One of the food that he loved back then was silken tofu because it was so soft and so easy to chew and swallow for him, but of course if we just gave him silken tofu without any seasoning that he would refuse it. So one day, my mom had an idea (she always thought of new ideas of what to cook for her grandson and always found creative ways to make him enjoy the food) of making this layered silken tofu with minced chicken or pork on top of it and steam them together. Fortunately, the lil boy loved it…………….so much.
My mom and I are still making this dish for the boy and also for my husband, since he loves this tasty dish too. The broth of the chicken and all the seasoning will flow down to the tofu and thus make the tofu so delicious even without prior seasoning.
You can either use silken tofu or white firm tofu in this dish, but be careful when you use silken tofu because it is very soft and might break apart when you transfer it from the steaming plate to a serving plate. Silken tofu is suitable for young kids who don’t like to eat food that is hard to chew.
*this recipe is for 4 servings”
- 4 firm or silken tofu (6x6x3 cm), cut horizontally into 3 parts (6x6x1 cm)
- 250 gram chicken fillet, cut into smaller parts
- 2 tbsp sweet soy sauce
- 1 tsp oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 garlic, crushed
- 10 minced spring onion
- Place the cut chicken fillet in a food processor and process until smooth
- Add the seasoning: sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, salt, garlic, and also egg into the food processor. Process again until they mix well with the minced chicken. Transfer the mixture into a bowl
- Add minced spring onion into the bowl and mix well. Divide into three equal portions. Set aside
- Prepare a steaming plate that is big enough for 4 cuts of tofu to be placed side by side. We will start to do the layering
- Place 4 cuts of tofu side by side as the first layer
- For the second layer, add the first portion of the minced chicken mixture on top of the tofu. With the back of a spoon, flatten the chicken mixture carefully it coats the tofu smoothly and nicely
- For the third layer, arrange another 4 cuts of tofu on top of the chicken mixture
- Repeat step number 6 for the fourth layer
- The fifth layer will another 4 cuts of tofu arranged side by side on top of the chicken mixture
- Repeat step number 6 for the last layer
- Steam until the chicken is cooked thoroughly
- There will be some sauce / chicken broth in the steaming plate. Slice and serve the layered tofu with the sauce and hot steam rice
*Always put the mixture of minced chicken on top of the sliced tofu, because when you steam them together, the broth of the chicken will flow down to the tofu and the tofu will absorb all the flavor from the sweet chicken broth”