Thursday 17 March 2011

Steamed Firm Beancurd with Egg And Preserved Turnip

A few weeks back I have done a similar beancurd dish using Firm Tofu with Leek (read more HERE) and now here is another version that I have adapted and modify from one of the "3 Plus 1 Sr 3( 三 菜一汤)" cooking show. For my recipe I used preserve turnip (菜脯) instead of the dried shrimps because I prefer the fragrant and taste of preserve turnip with the bland tofu.

Estimate Cost On Ingredients: S$2.00

Ingredients: (serves 2)
1 Piece of Firm Tofu(豆干)
1 Medium Size Egg
1/4 Cup (50ml) of Water/Stock
1/4 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
Dash of Salt and Pepper

For Garnish:
3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon of Preserved Turnips(菜脯)
1 Small Red Chili, thinly sliced
Spring Onion and Coriander

1. Lightly fry the firm beancurd with 1/2 Tablespoon of oil then golden-brown on both side. Remove and drain well, cut into 9 equal parts and place it in a steaming bowl/dish.

2. Saute garlic and preserved turnip till fragrant and lightly brown with the remaining oil from frying the beancurd. Dish up and set aside.

3. Lightly whisk the egg in a bowl(do not over beat it), add in water, sesame oil, salt and pepper and mix till combined.

4. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve to get rid of lumpy egg cluster before pouring it the strained mixture into the prepared tofu dish.

5. When the water boils, steam the tofu and egg over medium low heat for about 10 minutes.

6. Top with the prepared garlic mixture and continue to steam for another 3 – 5 minutes till egg custard is firm and toothpick inside and comes out clean.

7. Garnish with spring onion, coriander and chili then serve with steamed rice.

~ Omit seasonings such as sesame oil, salt and pepper if using stock instead of water for the egg custard.

~ Rinse Preserved Turnips in water, squeeze dry before use.

If you cannot get hold of any traditional Asian "Firm Tofu(豆干)" in your area, you can replace it with with either one of those pan-fry / deep-fried tofu. I am sure this dish will lift up your appetite with more than 1 serving bowl of rice due to it's combination some fragrant spicy and salty toppings.


  1. i love to eat tofu! it's an amazing ingredient cos it goes really well with all the very savory foods. and yours looks really tempting!

  2. Best looking $2 I've seen yet!

  3. hi ellena, this surely looks good, easy to prepare too! love to try this one day!

  4. Hi Ellena,

    I really enjoy reading your recipe blog and had fell in love with your cooking. Will definitely recommend my friends to this blog.

    I have also emailed u pertaining to request good tiramisu recipes from u but u did not reply my email. Hope u reply my email soon. Thanks ya.

    Btw, could u tell me where to get Sponge Fingers?

    Best regards,
    Ivy Tan

  5. Recently, I have been steaming tofu quite it! So easy and so delicious!

  6. Hi Ivy, thanks for your kind words. So sorry i didn't managed to get yr email mb it has be gone to the spam box. You can get sponge fingers at major local supermarket such NTUC or Cold Storage. HTH

  7. Thanks Jean, Lena, Parsley and Tigerfish: Yes! This is such a quick and simple dish :)

  8. hi, i love your recipes as it easy n most important is the ending result "yummy" hmm...


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