How to Make Delicious Tomato Braised Tofu: A Step-by-Step Guide

Q: Can I use a different type of tofu for this recipe?
A: Yes, while firm tofu (North tofu) is recommended for its texture, you can use other types of tofu, but cooking times and texture might vary.

Q: Is there a vegetarian alternative for the minced meat in this recipe?
A: Yes, you can use finely chopped mushrooms or a plant-based meat substitute for a vegetarian version.

Q: How important is it to use fresh tomatoes?
A: Fresh tomatoes are preferred for their flavor and texture, but in a pinch, canned tomatoes can be used as well.

Tomato Braised Tofu: A Home-Style Chinese Recipe


  • Firm tofu (North tofu), 1 block
  • Fresh tomato, 1
  • Chives, 1 bunch
  • Minced meat, 50g
  • Green onions and garlic, to taste
  1. Heat oil in a pan and sauté chopped green onions and garlic until fragrant. Add the minced meat and cook until it's no longer pink.
  2. Add the tomato and salt, cook until the tomato softens. Stir in 1 teaspoon of chicken essence (optional).
  3. Add tofu cubes and stir gently. Pour in enough water to cover, add 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce and ½ tablespoon of dark soy sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add chive segments just before turning off the heat. Stir briefly and serve!
  • Rich in protein from tofu and meat
  • Provides vitamins and minerals from tomatoes and chives
  • Can be adjusted for lower fat and calorie content by reducing the amount of meat or using a meat substitute
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