Monday, November 8, 2010

Đậu Hủ Sốt Cà Chua (Tofu with Tomato Sauce)

I wanted to make a Vietnamese dinner for my boyfriend A and me. Since he's vegetarian, I decided to make đậu hủ sốt cà chua (tofu with tomato sauce). This is a dish my mom often made with rice. It consists of fried tofu, topped with a tomato sauce. It's funny because in Western cuisine, tofu has become an alternative for meat. In Asian cuisine, tofu is just another ingredient so it is often paired with meat. However, this dish is vegetarian (although my mom makes a similar dish with tofu stuffed with meat).

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Tofu with Tomato Sauce

Đậu Hủ Sốt Cà Chua (Tofu with Tomato Sauce) - Serves 4

For the tomato sauce
This sauce is super easy to make. It has a bit of sweet (from the added sugar) & sour (from the tomatoes) flavours going. My mom also likes to serve fried fish with this tomato sauce.

* oil
* ½ onion, diced small
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* 4 plum tomatoes, diced
* salt, to taste
* black pepper, to taste
* 1-2 tbsp sugar, or to taste

In a pan, heat up some oil.
Add the onion and garlic until softened.
Add the tomatoes and cook on medium heat.
Season with salt, pepper and sugar to taste (I like the sauce on the sweet side so I do add a good amount of sugar).
Cook for 10-15 minutes, until the tomatoes are cooked and have broken down a bit, resulting in a thick tomato sauce.
Taste and adjust seasoning.

Cooking tomatoesTomato Sauce

For the tofu
You can prepare the tofu while the sauce cooks down.

* 1 package (1 lb) firm tofu
* salt
* minced lemongrass (I buy it frozen)

Slice the tofu into ½" thick slices.
Pat each slice of tofu dry with a paper towel (it will help the tofu crispen when you fry it).
Season liberally with salt and lemongrass. (Since tofu doesn't have much taste, I try to coat each slice to make sure each is properly seasoned.)
In a pan, heat oil.
Fry the tofu about 3-4 minutes on each side, until nicely golden brown.
Top the tofu with the tomato sauce.
Serve with rice.

Extra firm tofu Tofu Slices
Seasoning the tofu Frying the tofu
Preparing the tofu.

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1 comment:

Julia said...

My Mother-in-law turned me on to seared tofu.Can't make it like her though:( I like your topping/sauce here, it'll be a great lunch. I like how simple it is too!