This five-ingredient tofu dish takes only five minutes to make. No tofu tricks here, just a simple and speedy plant-based dish perfect for tof-you and me.
By
Mark Mariano

28 Jan 2022 - 11:54 AM  UPDATED 28 Jan 2022 - 12:24 PM

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Some shortcut-simple-minimal effort recipes can be deceiving. They often require some obscure pantry item, a random appliance, or a casual spare tub of marinated shredded chicken. 

This silken tofu recipe actually takes only five minutes to make (speed of chop pending) and is seasoned with staples sitting in any well-stocked kitchen. No tofu-nny business here - just yummy inexpensive food in a snap. 

Silken tofu, mostly seen in Asian cuisine, is a smoother, less dense alternative to its more famously known sister, firm tofu. It carries its trademark soy flavour, but with a softer jelly-like texture. Like all tofus, it's a great canvas for an array of sweet and savoury flavours. You can find them at any grocer, but best to check with your local Asian grocery store.

Comedian Lizzy Hoo (@lizzyhoo) brings this dish to The Cook Up, and it was 'the favourite' back in her sharehouse days. It's comforting, tasty, and relatively healthy.

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Lizzy Hoo's silken tofu dinner

When I cook for one I often eat this meal. It’s comforting and tasty and relatively healthy. In a share house I lived in many years ago, I would call it 'the favourite'. We ate it 3-4 times a week.

How to make silken tofu

Serves 1-2

Drain your silken tofu pack and pat the block dry with a paper towel. Place block onto a microwavable bowl or deep dish and top it with:

  • Pinch ginger, chopped
  • 2 spring onions, chopped 
  • Drizzle soy sauce
  • Drizzle sesame oil

Cover the bowl and microwave for 3-4 minutes.

While this heats, in a small frying pan or sauce pan, combine:

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil 
  • Drizzle sesame oil

Heat oil mixture over high heat until very hot.

Take the tofu out of the microwave and carefully pour the hot oil mixture over the dish.

Pour on more soy sauce and sesame oil to taste, top up your dressings, and serve on its own or with steamed rice.

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