Stuffed Tofu Puffs With Chili Garlic Sauce

Stuffed Tofu Puffs With Chili Garlic Sauce

I usually eat tofu puffs in soups or stir-fries but lately I feel like doing something new and different. A tofu puff is a cube or triangle shaped piece of tofu that’s been deep-fried and generally found in the refrigerated section of the Asian supermarket.

Because they’re deep-fried, they become extra absorbent like a super sponge. They kinda look like sponges on the inside too. Inspired by the little steamed dishes at dim sum restaurants, I stuffed the puff with a mashed potato and carrot mixture and steamed until hot. The result is bite-size puff of soft, creamy inside with a chewy outside, draped with chili garlic sauce on top.

It’s quite a few cooking steps but the results are totally worth it. But if you start to get tired halfway through and don’t want to go on, the potato-carrot filling by itself is tasty too. It’s like fancy mashed potatoes with Asian flavors. The tofu puffs can go in the freezer for another time.

Stuffed Tofu Puffs with Chili Garlic Sauce
Makes about 24 steamed puffs

1 bag of tofu puffs

For the filling
3 dried black Chinese mushrooms, soaked and sliced
2 medium carrots
2 large red potatoes
1 teaspoon rice wine
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 small green onion, chopped

Peeled and slice the carrots and potatoes, place in a medium pot and just cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat, cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and let cool.

When the carrots and potatoes are cool enough to handle, mash with a fork or run through a ricer. Add the rice wine, sugar and salt and pepper to taste, blending well.

Heat the wok to hot, add the oil and swirl to coat the sides of the wok. Add the ginger and mushrooms and stir-fry for about a minute. Add a little water if the wok appears to be too dry. Add the potato/carrot mixture and stir constantly for a few minutes. Then add the cilantro, vinegar and green onions, stir well. Set aside.

To stuff the tofu puffs, slice off the top of a puff and hollow out the inside. Using a butter knife, stuff to the top with the potato/carrot mixture and arrange on a steaming plate. Place the plate on a metal steaming rack in the wok over simmering water, cover and steam for 5-10 minutes until heated through. Carefully transfer to a serving dish and top with the chili garlic sauce.

Chili Garlic Sauce
2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1 tablespoon garlic chili oil
2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon green onion, chopped

Mix all of the ingredients except the green onion together, blending well. Add the green onions just before you’re ready to serve.

14 Comments so far

  1. Heather on July 31st, 2009

    Oh wow, this sounds amazing! And it uses the tofu from the Asian market… thank goodness because personally, I need all the innovative recipes using that ingredient that I can get my hands on.

  2. dreamin'itvegan on August 1st, 2009

    Wow this looks good. Would this be good to use with a sweet and sour sauce?

  3. chow on August 1st, 2009

    Heather – Thanks! Tofu puffs can also be thrown into soups and stir fries too! :-)

    dreamin’itvegan – Yup, sweet and sour sauce would be great too!

  4. lisa (show me vegan) on August 2nd, 2009

    Wow, stuffed with mashed potatoes sounds creamy and delicious! I’ve never seen tofu puffs but we have a couple of specialty markets that I bet would sell them.

  5. Hannah on August 2nd, 2009

    Tofu puffs? Have I been living under a rock? I’ve never heard of them, but man, do they look delicious! I bet they would be great little canapes at a party.

  6. lindsay on August 3rd, 2009

    how can you not drool over these

  7. Sal on August 4th, 2009

    I’ve never heard of these tofu puffs but they sound amazing! gonna have to try and hunt some down.

  8. parsnips aplenty on August 12th, 2009

    Stuffing tofu! How have I never thought of that? This looks fantastic.

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  10. Thailand Breeze on January 22nd, 2010

    That’s a great idea that I can also eat the potato-carrot by itself. It would make a good sandwich filling too. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Lorna on March 6th, 2011

    I made these today and they were yummy! Looked pretty too. Sides of rice and a veggie makes it complete.

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