Thursday, November 12, 2009

Stuffed Tofu Puffs

This is one of my firm favourites - Stuffed Tofu Puffs (also known as Tau Pok). Tofu Puffs feature prominently in southeast asian cooking. They are usually thrown into soups and gravies because of their super absorbency. As such, they soak up flavours beautifully.

In this dish, though, I used them as little pockets to hold my fillings. When turned inside out, the soft insides of the Tofu Puffs crisp ever-so-perfectly when fried. You only need very little oil if you are using a non-stick pan.


(Left) Make a small slit at the side of each puff (the small square type) and turn them inside out gently.
(Right) Stuff them with the filling. Make sure they are packed to the brim.


I usually use fillings like minced meats or seafood pastes, seasoned with soy and mixed with spring onions and garlic. If I want some crunch, I would add some water chestnuts or carrots. In fact, this is a great dish to make if you have leftovers that need to be used up. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. That's it. No need for egg or corn starch. Just pack in as much as you can into each puff, and then fry them. You'll find that the fillings retain their juiciness really well.



On a separate note, school is almost out and I have been taking my kids out more frequently, which means I have been cooking and baking less these days ;) A welcomed break!


I used to seal the openings with toothpicks before frying, but discovered that as long as you are using fillings that are sticky/gluey, you don't need to. Probably only required for crumbly fillings. Try these. I make them all the time, and I am sure you will like them too!

31 comments:

  1. How interesting and beautiful! I will look next time I am at my asian market!Thank you..They are gorgeous little things aren't they?:)

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  2. It looks delicious .. .I'm sure I 'd like them ! ;o)
    Have a nice day
    Hélène

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  3. What a cool idea! I am totally grabbing some tofu puffs the next time I go to the Asian supermarket. I can't wait, yum!

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  4. we never worked with tofu puff's before..going to have to look for them! your use of seafood pastes seems perfect for this.

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  5. that last foto is tempting me...beautiful Ju! those puffs look so crisp n all I can say is YUMMM

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  6. This is great and so simple! Fantastic idea. Must make some of these.

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  7. Hi Little Teochew, this is the first time I see this dish. Looks sinfully delicious. Anymore left? Ha ha. It sure looks good. Outstanding!
    Read of your love for cooking, and I must add, there is no spectacle on this Earth more appealing than that of a lovely mother cooking for her loved ones.

    By the way, allow me to say, you have a beautiful smile....a smile that can light up Orchard road on X'mas night.
    You have a nice day and keep a song in your heart, best regards, Lee.

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  8. These pictures are so temting! I'd love to try them! :)

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  9. I have to find some of these puffs, I don't know if it's easy here, but it's so wonderfull, so gorgeus, Bravo !

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  10. Oh Ju those look so good...I would love to taste one right now!

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  11. U make simple things beautifully!!!!

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  12. Such a wonderful idea and nice dish!!

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  13. ooo yummm! I love these puffs in curries, they just soak up all the wonderful sauce!

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  14. Thankyou so much for this! I have seen many recipes for stuffing these puffs, but this is so gorgeous! I didn't know about turning them inside out! That is great!

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  15. this is so clever! kinda reminds me of ngor hiang.
    mm. the pockets are too cute :)

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  16. Too cute to be eaten ! You just gave me a good idea how to make kids eat...

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  17. They look really pretty. Seems like a very nice treat! :)

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  18. wo, this is nice, best to dip with Thai Chili sauce. Do enjoy your vacation with your kids.

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  19. OH my goodness a new food for me to explore! I've never seen tofu puffs before and now I can think of many uses for them.

    You always have the best ideas!

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  20. What a great idea turning it inside out! I absolutely love it... mind if i steal then? hehehe!

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  21. Hi,

    Is there a reason for turning the puffs inside out?

    Audrey

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  22. Thank you everyone! I hope you try them :)

    Audrey: Turning them inside out makes for a crispier skin. The insides are rough in texture, and dry ... so they crisp really beautifully, even with very little oil.

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  23. I never thought to turn them inside out! love it, and want to try this soon. thanks for sharing. : )

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  24. Proponi sempre ricette interessanti e questa mi piace molto, la assaggeri subito, lo sai che sono una golosona, complimenti sei bravissima e sai dare spiegazioni eccellenti.
    Buon fine settimana Daniela.

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  25. hello little teochew
    I am impressed by your puffs bravo to you and the photos are great too !
    and I am sure you like mango but have you eaten it the way I fix it ? see you then Pierre

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  26. Stuffed bean curds are definitely on the top of my favourite food list. Yours look tremendously delicious!

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  27. Ton blog est magnifique et les recettes superbe, bonne soiree Doria

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  28. Mmmh ! It seems so delicious !!!

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  29. Thank you for your reply. Will definitely try it soon.

    Thanks again,

    Audrey

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  30. I have always wanted to try these after seeing a couple of recipes on it... will definitely make it a point to try it out soon ;)

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  31. Today my husband and I went to the Oriental Market and I bought some of the little tofu puffs. I had to go back through your blog, page by page, to find the recipe and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all your creations again.

    Can't wait to try the Tofu Puffs!

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