Stuffed Tofu

Ingredients

48 ounces firm tofu

3 tablespoons canola oil, for shallow frying

STUFFING

20 ounces firm tofu

10 medium dried wood ear mushrooms, rehydrated in warm water, squeezed dry, and then finely chopped

2 ounces bean thread noodles

45 ml chopped leek (white part and some green part of leek, finely chopped)

1 tablespoon agar powder

2 teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon dry mushroom seasoning

 

Direction

 

Prepare the filling:

  1. Soak the glass noodles in warm water for 2 minutes, then drain and roughly chop into ½-inch long segments.
  2. Soak wood ear mushrooms in warm water for 5 minutes, then drain and finely chop.
  3. Rinse tofu, pat dry, and then use a wooden spoon to mash tofu into a paste.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the mashed tofu, glass noodles, wood ear mushrooms, leeks, agar powder, salt, black pepper and mushroom seasoning. Set aside.

Prepare the tofu:

  1. Cut tofu into pieces about 2“x2“x1.5“ .
  2. Using a small knife, cut a 1.5 inch slit in each tofu piece to create a “pocket“ that is about 1 inch deep.
  3. With a small spoon, carefully push about 1 teaspoon of filling into the pocket of each tofu. Try to round the top part of the tofu like a dome while keeping the bottom flat. Once you are done with stuffing all the tofu, they are ready to be cooked.
  4. Steam the stuffed tofu in a steamer for 20 minutes. Let the tofu cool down.
  5. Fry the steamed stuffed tofu in oil on tall sides until golden brown. Remove from the pan and serve.