TAHU GORENG KACANG/ FRIED BEAN CURD WITH PEANUTS


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TAHU GORENG KACANG/ FRIED BEAN CURD WITH PEANUTS
Tahu goreng is a generic name for any type of fried tofu in Indonesia, it can be mildly fried or deep fried, plain or battered. In Indonesia, tahu goreng is usually eaten with sambal kecap a kind of sambal hot condiment made from kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and chopped chillies and shallots. Some variant might uses peanut sauce with chili instead. Some variants I’ve made before:
Tahu Bacem/Marinated Tofu
Tahu Isi/Stuffed Tofu

I got this Tahu Goreng recipe from my mom. She is such a sweet heart. She made me few batches of the sauce before she left few months ago after helping us with taking care of our newborn at that time. She was concerned that I wouldn’t have much time to cook and she made me lots of other sauces that I can deep-freeze and used anytime I want. Isn’t Mama is the best in this whole wide world ?

TAHU GORENG KACANG/ FRIED BEAN CURD WITH PEANUTS (4 servings)
 

What you will need:
  • 5 cakes hard yellow bean curd
  • Peanut oil for frying
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • ½ tsp dried shrimp paste/ Belacan
  • 1 cup crushed roasted peanuts, or crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp tamarind liquid
  • ½ tsp sambal ulek
  • 1 tsp palm sugar or substitute
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage or vegetable of your choice
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts

Instructions:
  1. Wipe bean curd thoroughly on paper towels. Cut squares on bean curd into squares. Heat peanut oil in a wok or frying pan and fry the bean curd, taking care not to stir or break the tofu. Fry until golden brown on all sides
  2. Pour off the oil and leave about 1 Tbsp of oil and frying the garlic and shrimp paste over low heat, stirring constantly. Add ½ cup crushed peanuts, soy sauce, tamarind liquid, sambal ulek and sugar. Stir to mix well
  3. Remove from the heat. Add the coconut milk and stir until the sauce is thickened
  4. Place the shredded cabbage, bean sprouts or any vegetable you use on the serving dish. Place the bean curd on top. Drizzle the sauce liberally on top of the tofu. Garnish with the remaining ½ cup of the crushed roasted peanuts

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