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Tomato Tofu With Minced Pork in a bowl with a wooden spoon in it.
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Tomato Tofu With Minced Pork

Tomato Tofu With Minced Pork is a dish you can make in just 15 minutes. Silken tofu is simmered in a light broth that'll keep you cozy every season!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 6
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Jeannette

Equipment

  • Colander
  • wooden or rubber spatula (to minimise the chance of tofu breaking)

Ingredients

  • 400 g / 0.88 lb pork mince
  • 900 g / 2 lb silken tofu (this is about 3 boxes)
  • 3 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp sugar (or to taste)
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 180 mL / 0.8 US cup chicken and pork stock (or water)

Instructions

  • Carefully cube the tofu into 2cm x 2cm (1/2″ x 1/2″) blocks and place them into a colander.
    Pro Tip: Be especially delicate to avoid breaking them.
  • Sprinkle 1/4 tsp of salt on the cubes, shaking the colander to mix in the seasoning. Let it rest as you work on the other ingredients.
  • Put the mince in a bowl and add the remaining salt, chicken bouillon powder and sugar. Combine the ingredients well.
  • Heat up your wok or pan on a high heat and add the oil in. Turn the heat to medium and add the garlic.
  • Stir for 20 seconds or until fragrant, then add the tomato paste in and stir for another 20 seconds.
  • Increase the heat back up to high, then add the pork and mix it into the tomato paste. It’s best to separate the mince using a ‘poke and twist’ method with a flat cooking utensil like a heatproof spatula.
    Note: The 'poke and twist' method simply involves you poking the mince with a utensil, then twisting it to separate the meat.
  • Repeat until all the mince is cooked and separated. This will take about 5 minutes, depending on your stove's heat.
  • When the meat is cooked, add the tofu and stir until each cube is coated in the red color.
    Pro Tip: Be gentle to avoid any unnecessary breaking.
  • Gently stir fry the tofu and pork mince for 2 minutes to infuse flavor.
  • Pour in the chicken and pork stock and carefully stir. Let the dish simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • When ready, serve immediately with hot rice!

Notes

  • Be very gentle. Silken bean curd is extremely delicate and will break easily.
  • Use a homemade stock. The taste will be richer and you'll get complete control over what ingredients are added into your dish.
  • Opt for a fattier mince. It'll keep everything more flavorful and juicy.
  • When buying the tofu, make sure that it's the silken one. Any type will work, but the soft texture in this version complements the mince best.
  • Make sure that when you're buying tomato paste, go for the unsalted type so you can control the amount of sodium that goes into it.
  • This recipe uses pork mince, but you can choose to use whichever you prefer.

Nutrition

Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 532mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg