• Tofu can make a dish, whether it's a traditional or a new recipe. (Danielle Abou Karam)Source: Danielle Abou Karam

Tofu is such a wonderful ingredient to use for its versatility. This is a cheat’s version of tau hu nuoc duong that is easy to make at home. 






Skill level

Average: 4.7 (127 votes)


  • 200 g silken tofu
  • 100 g sesame seeds

Orange and ginger syrup

  • 250 ml (1 cup) rice malt syrup
  • 100 g ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange, zest removed in wide strips
  • pinch of salt


Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


  1. For the syrup, place the rice malt syrup, ginger and 250 ml (1 cup) water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat. Add the orange zest and salt and set aside.
  2. Place the tofu on a plate and steam for 2-3 minutes or until just heated through (or microwave for 1 minute).  
  3. Meanwhile, place the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan and shake over low heat for 2-3 minutes or until toasted.
  4. To serve, divide the tofu between 2 bowls. Strain a generous amount of syrup over the tofu and scatter with the toasted sesame seeds.


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Photography by Danielle Abou Karam.