Thursday, December 4, 2008

Steamed Tofu with Prawns

My daughter loves this dish and she can finish all the tofu on her own. That is after some adjustments to it. Previously, when I do this I use dried mushroom. Perhaps the smell and taste is too strong to her liking and I used fresh shitake mushroom instead and she loves it. Of course, partially the reason was the sauce too. Tofu are bland without any accompanying sauce, kids might not like it at all.  

  • 1 block silken Tofu, sliced equally in smaller pieces
  • 6 Prawns or depending on the no. of slices of tofu you have
  • 1 Fresh Shitake Mushroom, sliced
  • 1 section Carrot, about length of finger shredded
  • Sesame Seed Oil
  • 5 tablespoon Water
  • 1 tablespoon Oyster Sauce
  • 3/4 tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cooking Wine
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • Cornflour Mixture (thickener)
How to do it:
  1. Place sliced tofu on dish.
  2. Remove heads and shells of prawns.
  3. Slit the back of prawns.
  4. Devien and clean.
  5. Place prawns with slitted back on tofu.
  6. Place a slice of mushroom and some shredded carrot on prawns.
  7. Steam for 7 minutes or till prawns are cooked.
  8. Pour away 2/3 the amount of liquid from steaming on the dish.
  9. While the tofu is steaming, prepare the sauce.
  10. Put all ingredients for sauce except for cornflour mixture in a saucepan.
  11. Cook till it bubbles.
  12. Gradually stir in the cornflour mixture to thicken the sauce.
  13. Pour sauce over the prawn and tofu.
  14. Drizzle on sesame seed oil.
  15. Serve immediately.
Note: To make prawns to curl up like mine in the photo, cut through the prawns making sure to leave about 1.5cm from head end intact. You should see a hole in the prawn. Stick the tail through the hole, bending on the belly side. The back of the prawns will be 'opened'.

Thank you, Maryann of Finding la dolce vita, for inviting me to enter the Seven Fishes Feast organised by herself and Joe of Italyville. It is very interesting to know about the traditional Italian Christmas Eve Feast. This dish is neither Italian or does it looks like a dish for Christmas, perhaps only for the colours. ;) If you want a different Seven Fishes Feast, you might like to consider this.

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  1. Wow.. I love this dish... it's so colourful and i bet it taste as delicious as it look :) I love steam tofu.......

  2. I am really amazed every time I come here to find restaurant quality food and presentation. Love the way u curl the prawns ^o^

  3. The prawns look beautiful, like a sculpture. Thanks for the instruction.

  4. Great photography,makes me want to eat my computer monitor!

  5. I love how you curl the prawns...mine are normally so...watever hehehe

  6. Greetings from Shizuoka, Japan!
    In spite of having lived so long in Japan, I still find new ways of accomodating as proven by your great recipe!
    My heartfelt compliments!

  7. this is one delicious and healthy recipe. I will certainly try it out. We love tofu here and are constantly on a lookout for tofu recipe. Thanks for the idea!

  8. what a creative way to create a tofu dish!!beautiful done!

  9. Thank you everyone for your compliments!

  10. I would like to invite you to enter this dish for our feast of the seven fishes :) It looks beautiful!

  11. This looks really pretty and delicious!!

  12. That looks wonderful... thanks for participating in our Seven Fishes Feast.

  13. Maryann & Joe,
    Thanks for having me at the Seven Fishes Feast.

    Thank you!

  14. Hi Wokking Mom! I used this recipe for my home party today, and it's so easy to make, and nice. thank you so much for sharing.

  15. Kirsten, You are most welcome. Glad you like it.

  16. Hi Mum! Would you cook for me too? =) I'm yearning to have home cooked cook. =(

  17. Eunice, :) You can also trying cooking yourself. If you were staying next door to me, I wouldn't mind sending some to you. :)

  18. Came across this and immediately fell in love with your simple, unpretentious recipes!

    One quick question though, how do you ensure that the prawn doesn't slide off the tofu?

    1. Thank you!

      You can dap some cornflour on the tofu before placing the prawn but it may still slip off.

  19. Tried this today and it was lovely! loved it! thks for the recipe!