Thursday, 19 July 2012

Recipe - Hotplate Egg Tofu

How do you cook hotplate tofu if you do not have a hotplate? Hotplate tofu is a savoury dish of fried egg tofu and other ingredients poured onto a  hot hotplate with half cooked eggs.

Instead of a hotplate which can be heated over a stove, I heat a plate with the beaten egg in a microwave oven on low for about 30 seconds. The egg is still runny in the middle with only the edges cooked. The other cooked ingredients are spooned on top the half cooked egg. The heat from the other ingredients will cook the egg.

There are 3 distinct steps to prepare this dish.

Step 1 - Fry the tofu.

I use 1 tube egg tofu. Cut into 1 cm rings, dust with corn flour and pan fry until both sides are brown. Typically, this tofu is deep fry. Deep frying is faster but it uses more oil. Pan frying still gives the tofu a crusty exterior and a mushy interior.

(Tip on how to cut the tube tofu - use a sharp knife and cut the tube into half. The tofu will drop out of the plastic tube. Cut the tofu into desired thickness)

Step 2 - Get the "hot" plate ready.

Beat an egg and spread the beaten egg over a serving plate. Microwave on medium for about 30 seconds. The egg should be runny in the middle and cook on the edges.

Step 3 - Cook the stir fry ingredients (the variety is up to you)

50 gm mince pork
5 button mushrooms (champignons), sliced
1 carrot, diced (mixed vegetables are great for this recipe)
1 potato, diced into small cubes
1 spring onion, cut into inch length
1 sprig coriander leaves
1 tbs of oil for frying
1 tsp of oyster sauce
A dash of pepper


In a wok or pan, heat the oil on medium and stir fry ingredients.
Takes about 5 minutes
 When the stir fry ingredients are cooked, pour them onto the serving plate with egg.
Top up with the fried tofu and serve.

This short video shows how a typical hotplate tofu is done:

This 7 minute shows cooking tofu with minced pork, without the egg on a hotplate

This 4 minute video shows hot plate tofu using Happy Call Pan

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