Japanese Tofu Steak

Japanese Tofu SteakSummer cooking should be simple. The lesser time one spend in the kitchen, the better! Even though I made this a while ago, I decided I should post this easy fast delicious recipe so that I will get around to making it again. It was so delicious – my other half who doesn’t fancy tofu (why is there such person in the world? Who DOESN’T like tofu??!) gulped three pieces and left me with one. Thank goodness I had another dish to go with rice, otherwise I will have to eat white rice and water. That’s the irony in this household, when I cook something he coincidentally likes, he doesn’t leave any spare for me; if I cooked something he doesn’t eat, he will leave a whole lot for me to gobble down. I think I have married a kid, not a grown-up man.

Anyway, this tofu recipe would be a kid pleasure I think, though it uses chili bean sauce, it doesn’t have a very strong spicy taste and goes very well with minced meat and fried tofu.

Japanese Tofu SteakIngredients:

  • 1 Silken/Soft Tofu
  • 2 tablespoon Chinese Chili Bean Paste/”DouBanJiang” (I used Lee Kum Kee brand)
  • 200gram minced pork
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sake
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • Cooking Oil
  • Dash of pepper


  1. Remove the tofu from its box and discard the water. Carefully place the tofu between two sheets of kitchen towel. Use a larger flat-surface weight (i.e. heavy plate) and place on top of the tofu. Leave it for 5 mins till all the water are carefully absorbed by the towel. Then cut tofu into four squares/rectangles .
  2. Just before frying, pat dry all surface with kitchen towel again. Heat up oil in a pan. Shallow fry the tofu till brown on all sides. Set aside.
  3. Using the same pan, add in the garlic and stir fry till fragrant. Add the minced pork and stir fry pork for 2 minutes to prevent it from sticking together.
  4. Add the Chilli Bean Paste, sake, light soy sauce and dash of pepper. Stir fry to mix well for 5 minutes till the sauce runs thick.
  5. To serve, place the tofu pieces on a plate and scoop the minced pork and sauce on top on each piece of tofu.

Japanese Tofu Steak


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