Soybean Sprouts and Dried Tofu Stir-fry


Tofu is soybean curd made by coagulating hot fresh soy milk. It can be further processed to produce dried tofu and fermented tofu. The byproduct of boiling soy milk is a film or “skin” that forms over the surface is used to make dried yellowish sheets that can be used as a wrapper for vegetables and meats. These skins can also be bunched up to create “stick” and are normally used in soups.

Tofu is indispensable in Asian cuisine and has become very popular in the West. As it has very little flavor of its own, it is a great addition to soups, casseroles, stir-fries, and even desserts. It absorbs whatever flavor is added to it. Tofu is also a great source of protein and is a staple in vegetarian cuisine.

I really enjoy tofu and use it almost daily in some form or other in my cooking. Recently, the Asian grocery store that I go to regularly started selling dried tofu. Though I am familiar with koyadofu which is Japanese freeze dried tofu, this dried tofu is new to me. I have probably eaten it many times in vegetarian dishes but have never used it in my own cooking. They come in three forms, strips, balls, and slices. These are really handy to have in the pantry as it stores well and can be easily reconstituted by soaking them in hot water. They have the firmness of fully cooked meat and is especially good in braised dishes.


Note: Soybean sprouts are different from mung bean sprouts. They are sprouted from soybeans are are bigger and firmer than the more popular mung bean sprouts. You can use mung bean sprouts if you prefer.

Soybean Sprouts and Dried Tofu Stir-fry
1½ lb soybean sprout, rinsed and drained (trimmed if preferred)
2 oz dried tofu or 4 oz deep fried tofu
1 red chili, deseeded and sliced
1 green chili, deseeded and sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil
salt to taste
2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

Rehydrate dried tofu in a bowl with 2 cups hot water for 15 – 20 minutes. Drain and slice tofu into ¼ inch strips. If using deep fried tofu, soak in hot water for a few minutes to remove excess oil. Drain and cut into slices about ¼ inch thick.

In a wok, heat sesame oil. Sauté garlic until fragrant. Add red and green chilies and tofu and fry for about a minute. Add soybean sprouts, soy sauce and salt. Stir-fry for another 3 minutes on high heat. Remove, garnish with sesame seeds and serve immediately. Great with a bowl of rice.

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Comments

  1. roxan says

    YUM! That looks so good. I'm going to look for dried tofu the next time I'm at Nijiya.

    Congrats on the awards.

  2. rotinrice says

    Thanks and I hope you will give the soybean sprouts a try. Thank you also for your advice. Much appreciated :)

  3. rotinrice says

    I like the chewy texture of the dried tofu. It is also very convenient to have in the pantry. Thank you.

  4. bunkycooks says

    Hi Biren! Congrats on your awards and thank you for passing them on to me! I enjoy reading your posts and love to receive your comments on my blog (through FB). ;) Have a great day!

  5. lequan@luvtoeat says

    Congrats on your awards Biren! You're definitely well deserving of them. I liked reading your list of 10. And I especially liked #'s 7 and 8…teehee.
    Hmmm, I don't think I've tried the dried tofu before. Will look for them next time I pick up some tofu. Your dish looks and sounds great. This is a perfect healthy dish for my kiddies, minus the chili.

  6. Stella says

    Congratulations Biren!
    This stir fry looks so incredibly good to me right now. It's dinner time here, and I'm starved. You know. your tofu looks like tempeh to me. Maybe not??

  7. Kamalika says

    Dear Biren, First of all congrats on ur awards….and secondly thanks a ton for sharing the awards with us…thats really very sweet of u….i too love ur blog as well….
    I never knew about dried tofu…this is one of the reasons behind why I love your blog…always u introduce ur readers with somthing knew and creative…the dish looks grt…..take care and have a nice day…

  8. rotinrice says

    Thanks LeQuan! Well, laundry is my least favorite of chores. I have yet to come across someone who loves to do ironing ;)

    The dried tofu is great as it can be stored in the pantry. I also love its chewy texture.

  9. redkathy says

    Congrats on the awards. Love the stir fry. The tofu on the other hand, not for me although it does look beautiful! I use this comment system as well. Works perfectly!

  10. denise fletcher says

    Congrats on the awards Biren ;) Boy, I tell you, it really is getting to be like Oscar night around here LOLOL And I don't think it's about to end any time soon!

    This dish is what I would call Asian soul food. Simple, wholesome, nothing fancy but boy, if you're Asian, missing home, somewhere far away and all alone, the sight of something like this will probably make you cry *sniffle*

  11. Rumana Rawat says

    Hello Biren,
    This stir fry looks very tasty, i have never eaten dry tofu, but this look it self my mouth is watering. Now i'll start hunting for dry tofu:-) lovely dish thanks for sharing..

  12. Elin says

    Hi Biren…that is a delicious veggie dish. My favourites in one dish :) and congrats for your award. Keep them coming:)

  13. Cristina says

    Congrats on your well-deserved award, Biren! =) I'm not familiar using tofu, but I know it's high in protein and "good for you" I do need to try it.

    Have a great weekend!

  14. MaryMoh says

    Congrats on your awards! Keep blogging :D Dried tofu is new to me but your dish looks very dish. Would be lovely with rice.

  15. Cherine says

    Hello Biren,
    Congrats on ur awards, you deserve them!!!….and thank you for the award, that's too sweet :) I love your blog!!

  16. anncoo says

    Congrats on your awards. I love beancurd and tofu and like your dish very much, so delicious and healthy!

  17. Casey Angelova says

    This recipe looks great! I am loving tofu lately. Congratulations on the awards. I really appreciate you sharing the award with me. Thank you!!!

  18. rotinrice says

    Hi Jen! Glad to see you back :) These are more like a meat substitute and is more dense. It has to be reconstituted by soaking in hot water. The tofu pockets used for inari are deep fried, lighter in texture, and need not be reconstituted.

  19. rotinrice says

    Thanks! I do like this comment system as it gives me the ability to respond to each comment. So far it is working well :)

  20. rotinrice says

    Thanks Denise! I don't know about the Oscars but it is quite a parade! LOL!

    I like the way you put it – Asian soul food. I buy bean sprouts every week, the mung bean ones for noodles and this soybean ones for stir-fry. I know it is a lot of work but I like to trim them. They taste so much better. Do you trim yours?

  21. rotinrice says

    Thanks Elin and thanks for visiting! Yes, some of my favorites in there as well. We do eat a lot of tofu.

  22. rotinrice says

    Thanks Cristina! Yes, tofu is not only "good for you", it is also delicious. We do eat a lot of tofu.

  23. rotinrice says

    Thanks Mary! I love tofu and have it almost daily. Dried tofu is very "meat" like. You may have tasted it without realizing it is tofu. You can always use deep fried tofu for this dish.

  24. rotinrice says

    Thanks Cherine and you are most welcomed. I love your blog too! You have inspired me to try Middle Eastern food and I am really enjoying it.

  25. rotinrice says

    Thanks Ann! Yes, beancurd and tofu are delicious! I try include a little of it in my cooking each day.

  26. rotinrice says

    Tofu is healthy and delicious and we eat a lot of it. Always have some form of it at home. Thanks and you are most welcomed :)

  27. rotinrice says

    You can always use fresh tofu. Just lightly pan fry it so that it will hold up better when mixed with the bean sprouts.

  28. Lazaro says

    Wonderful tofu dish. I will be posting a tofu dish on Sunday…seems like we are on the same wavelength. Congrats on the awards, I'm sure you have many more to come. Cheers!

  29. Reeni says

    That is one of the most delicious stir-fry's I've ever seen! Very tempting! I never had dry tofu before. Congrats on all your well-deserved awards.

  30. rotinrice says

    Thanks! Tofu is delicious and I am really glad you like it too. Dried tofu is a really handy pantry item.

  31. remodeling says

    I bought 2 packets of kouya tofu on my last trip to Japan, after trying it for the first time at a temple in Koyasan. It's summer in Australia right now but I might give this recipe a go anyway.

    Cheers

  32. rotinrice says

    Hi, thanks for visiting :) Koya dofu is different from dried tofu but I don't see why it would not work. I do enjoy koya and must get some stock of it soon. Hope you enjoy the dish.

  33. halloween says

    Hello there!
    Can you help me with a doubt? (well actually two)
    Is it possible to make ague dashi tofu with kouya tofu? Would it be less "watery" than the normal/fresh one?
    And.. to make the crumbs.. I´ve always seen mom using fresh tofu to make crumbs to add to fish nuggets. In the case of the kouya tofu, would I crumble it "dry"?
    Arigatou!

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