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Easy Cold Asian Tofu

By Chris Yap (IG: @chrissy_fabagreen)

When the weather is really hot there are two important things I would do; stay cool with light food, cold drinks and fuss-free cooking!

While most recipes call for hard tofu to mimic the texture of meat and eggs, silken tofu is smooth and velvety. It is delicious eaten cold straight out of the fridge. It is perfect for hot days or on days when our throat is not feeling happy!

In this dish, I used soft tofu from a box. It is sometimes called Japanese tofu. 

This is a simple no fuss recipe that requires minimal cooking and washing.

What you need:

1 box soft tofu 

1 Carrot, chopped into small cubes 

Handful of mushrooms, chopped into small cubes 

2 Spring onions 

2 Fried shallots 

Soy sauce 

Mushroom or dark sauce 

Sugar to taste 

Sesame oil 

1 tsp cornstarch


1. In a pan add a bit of oil and sauté mushrooms, add carrot and sauces. Make a cornstarch solution with one teaspoon corn starch and two tablespoons water to thicken the sauce.

2. Add a dash of sesame oil and remove from heat. Cool the sauce.

3. Put the tofu on a plate and pour the cooled sauce over the tofu. Garnish with fried shallots and spring onions.

For those who prefer a hot meal, simply steam the block of tofu to heat it before serving with the hot sauce. Enjoy

About the chef:

My name is Chris Yap. I am a Malaysian who has spent many years in China, Australia, Canada and USA.

I am very familiar with Asian cooking techniques and ingredients. Asians have been following vegetarian and vegan diet for hundreds of years. Some of us are totally vegan or vegetarian , some observe this diet a few days in a month for religious beliefs. 

Vegetarian food is very well developed in Asia and are easily available. My instagram page, chrissy_fabagreen, is devoted to sharing simple vegan Asian food. 

I chose this dish because it is a simple dish that my IG friends love and are not afraid to make themselves. It is a very effective recipe. I hope you like it