鍋塌豆腐 Breaded Fried Tofu

鍋塌豆腐 (guo ta doufu) “Pot Collapse Tofu” Since I am not sure what the name “pot collapse” means, so I will call it what it is: Breaded Fried Tofu. I believe the dish originally comes from Shandong (others say from Beijing). Ok I am not sure what the name is supposed to mean, I don’t know where it is from, in fact I know very little about the dish other than I really like it. It is one of my favorite tofu recipes, well recipes that calls for tofu exclusively, not recipes that use tofu as a protein in addition to meat.

Recipe:

  • 2 blocks (about 14-16 oz. total) of firm (老豆腐 lao doufu) tofu
  • flour for dredging (~1/2 c.)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 or 2 chopped scallions
  • 1 T. minced fresh ginger root

Sauce:

  • 1 T. rice wine
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. sesame oil
  • 1/2 c. stock

Method:

  1. Wrap the tofu in paper towels and press for about 30 minutes (this is optional, but I think it improves the flavor and texture). After pressing, unwrap the tofu and cut each block in half. Now cut the tofu into 1/2 inch thick pieces (so you end up with what is roughly a square piece of tofu 1/2” thick.)
  2. In a small bowl mix the Sauce ingredients (rice wine, salt, sesame oil, and stock) and set aside.
  3. Heat a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add 2 T. of oil.
  4. Dredge the tofu slices in flour, then dip into the beaten egg, coating them completely. Slip the tofu into the hot frying pan. Fry for about 2 minutes until golden brown, then flip over and fry the other side. Remove the tofu to a plate. (tofu can be fried in batches if easier)
  5. To the hot pan add the chopped scallions and the minced ginger, fry until fragrant. Add the Sauce ingredients and bring to a simmer.
  6. Return the fried tofu slices to the pan, pierce each piece a couple times with a fork. Turn heat to low and cook (carefully flipping the tofu once) until the liquid is reduced to a thick sauce.
  7. Plate and serve.
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2 Responses to 鍋塌豆腐 Breaded Fried Tofu

  1. taïwanvore says:

    Very interesting, from the description it reminds me of a French toast, a savory Chinese version of it 😉 I’ve never heard of such dish either, where did you discover it?
    I’m definitely going to try that next time I have some tofu on hand.

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