Friday, August 5, 2011

Claypot Tofu with Mushroom

1 pkt soft tofu - cut into rectangular pieces
120g minced pork
2 tbsp dried prawns - soaked and drained
4 shitake mushrooms - soaked, drained and cut into halves
1 shallot - sliced
2 cloves garlic - chopped
1 stalk green onion - chopped
salt and flour for coating the tofu 
20 fresh sweet basil leaves
cornstarch solution
pinch of pepper
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp cooking oil

1 tbsp huatiao wine
1 tbsp soy sauce
3/4 tbsp sweet dark soy sauce
3/4 tbsp oyster sauce
3/4 cup water

  1. Pat dry the tofu pieces and sprinkle with some salt and flour.  
  2. Heat up 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan and fry the tofu till browned on both sides.  Remove and set aside.
  3. Add another tbsp oil to the pan.  Fry the minced meat for a minute over medium heat.  Add shallot, garlic and dried prawns and fry till aromatic.  Drizzle sauce over the ingredients.
  4. Transfer the ingredients to a heated claypot.  Add mushrooms and tofu.  Stir gently to mix well.  Cover and let it braise for 20 minutes under medium low heat.
  5. Add the basil leaves and stir in cornstarch solution.  Add a dash of sesame oil and pepper.
  6. Sprinkle some chopped green onions and serve hot with rice.

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