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Braised Tofu in Caramel Sauce (Tau Hu Kho)

James Carrier
Yield Makes 4 servings
Notes: Caramelized sugar infuses the sauce with sweetness and gives it a deep mahogany shine. Serve this great vegetarian dish with hot cooked rice and stir-fried spinach with garlic.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound firm tofu
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions (including tops)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 219
  • caloriesfromfat 41 %
  • protein 19 g
  • fat 9.9 g
  • satfat 1.4 g
  • carbohydrate 18 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • sodium 790 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cut tofu into 2- by 3-inch, 1/2-inch-thick slices and pat dry.

  2. Place sugar in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat; shake pan often until sugar is melted and amber colored, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup hot water (mixture will bubble vigorously) and stir over medium heat until caramelized sugar is dissolved.

  3. Stir in soy sauce, shallots, ginger, and garlic; stir often over high heat until boiling. Lay tofu pieces in a single layer in sauce. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. With a wide spatula, turn pieces over; simmer until hot and coated with sauce, 3 to 4 minutes longer.

  4. Transfer tofu and sauce to a serving dish and sprinkle with green onions and pepper.