Steamed Soft Tofu with Mince | 肉末蒸嫩豆腐

Yields: 2 Servings Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 10 Mins Cook Time: 20 Mins Total Time: 30 Mins

Usually I prefer firm tofu, but I have been gravitating to soft tofu lately. Perhaps I’ve been too lazy to chew (happens a lot) or maybe I’ve been seeking the comfort of convalescing food. Whatever it is, this dish is like a big warm hug. Although my mother and grandmother didn’t make this dish often, somehow it reminds me of them. Perhaps it is ancestral memory. Something in this steamed soft tofu has healing properties for the soul.

For the mince, I used textured vegetable protein (TVP) and the oyster mushroom ends from making Vegan Fried Chicken Cutlet From Mushrooms. Some people find the TVP taste very strong, but I find it differs from brand to brand and depends on storage. After soaking the TVP, make sure you rinse well under running water to get rid of all the soaking water. With the marinade, there shouldn’t be any more TVP taste.

I am using one single block of soft tofu here. If you only have bits, you can cut them into slices and layer them instead. This dish is normally made with soft tofu, if you only have firm tofu it tastes just as good. It is just a different texture. For firm tofu, steam another 3 minutes. You can also make this with silken tofu, although I would be inclined to not steam that at all and eat it as a cold dish.

This steamed soft tofu with mince is a perfect weeknight dish and goes well with plain rice and simple green veggies.

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0/14 Ingredients
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  • Mince Marinade
  • Sauce


0/12 Instructions
  • Mince up your mushroom. I like to save oyster mushroom ends for my mince.
  • It should make up more or less a quarter cup of mince (I didn't want to press it down into the cup too hard).
  • Rehydrate the TVP, then rinse thoroughly and drain.
  • Marinate the TVP with the mince marinade ingredients and leave for at least 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, fry the ginger slices or shreds in sesame oil until they turn brown. This infuses the sesame oil with ginger flavour.
  • Add the mushrooms and cook until they soak up all the juice.
  • Add the marinated TVP.
  • Mix and stir until thoroughly cooked, about 5 minutes.
  • Steam the soft tofu over high heat for 8-10 minutes. In the meantime, mix all the sauce ingredients together.
  • When you take it out, it will have some water left in there. Pour it out into another bowl.
  • Put the cooked mince on top.
  • Pour the sauce over and garnish with chopped spring onions.


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