Braised Tofu in Caramel Sauce (Tau Hu Kho)

James Carrier

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.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 219
  • Calories from fat: 41%
  • Protein: 19g
  • Fat: 9.9g
  • Saturated fat: 1.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 18g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Sodium: 790mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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

Preparation

  1. 1. Cut tofu into 2- by 3-inch, 1/2-inch-thick slices and pat dry.
  2. 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. 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. 4. Transfer tofu and sauce to a serving dish and sprinkle with green onions and pepper.
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