Still tastes good anyway, I promise!
Cooking tokwa (or tofu in English) is a bit tricky at first. It's soft texture seems so delicate that I thought I'd break it in the pan while frying them.
Alas! I learned that it feeds a lot on cooking oil and it has to be under medium to high heat while frying. If it's your first time in cooking tokwa (like me), I suggest you do the same. Since your pan would be under high heat, you have to be vigilant while cooking tokwa. Remember not to burn your tofu.
So, let's begin.
Ingredients in cooking tokwa:
- cooking oil
- tokwa (tofu), sliced to a height of an inch per piece
In cooking tokwa, it is ideal to have it deep-fried since it sucks a lot of oil while cooking. It is advisable to use vegetable or bran oil for this purpose.- garlic, crushed
- red onions, crushed
- long green chili or capsicum, cut in rings
- soy sauce
Let's start cooking tokwa:
1. Heat the pan.
2. Pour in enough cooking oil which the tofu can "bathe" unto.
3. When the oil is hot enough, place the tofu one by one. Make sure that the pan is under high heat.
You want to get a brown texture all over your tofu in cooking tokwa. When the sides are still white, they are not yet done.4. When cooked, let the tofu drain. Then cut them in small pieces with a sharp knife.
It is done perfectly when while all the sides are golden brown, the insides remain white and soft.5. While you are waiting for the tofu to cook, you can prepare the sauce.
- Mix the garlic, onions and capsicum in one deep bowl.
- Add 1:2 portions of vinegar and soy sauce into the bowl.
- Add sugar, according to your preferred taste.
- Adjust the flavors of the sauce according your your preference.
- No need to cook or heat this sauce. It's fine on its own.
6. Mix the tofu and the sauce together to make a perfect snack or side dish. Yumm!!