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Tahu Isi – Indonesian Stuffed Tofu Parcels
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Tahu Isi – Indonesian Stuffed Tofu Parcels

Fried food is a common street snack in Indonesia. Numerous glassed booths line the roadsides with signs reading “Gorengan” (fried food or fritter). Not so healthy, but oh so delicious. One of the most popular is tahu isi, or fried, stuffed tofu parcels.

For 4 large pieces

  • 2 blocks of firm tofu
  • ½ cup beansprouts
  • ½ cup carrots, diced
  • ½ cup green cabbage, thinly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch knob ginger, chopped
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup flour (of your choice)
  • 1 tbsp corn or tapioca starch
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tsp turmeric (fresh or powdered)
  • oil for deep frying

Cut the block of tofu in half, so that you have 2 squares. Slice through the middle, but not all the way, so that you can open the tofu like a bun.

Gently place the tofu in hot oil so that the outside becomes golden. Remove and set aside. This will make the tofu riggid and a lot easier to work with.

In a wok or saucepan, sauté the sprouts, carrots, cabbage, garlic, ginger, scallion, pepper and salt until they are translucent. Set aside and allow to cool. With a spoon, gently stuff each tofu pocket with vegetables, trying not to break the parcel.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, starch water and turmeric to form a yellow batter. Gently coat each tofu in the liquid batter, making sure that the exposed vegetables are well coated (or else they will fall out in the oil). Return the tofu to the oil and deep fry until golden brown. Serve with hot sauce!



*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. Veganara
    Vote no 4. I love the sound of these - as you say, not so healthy, but they must be delicious for the occasional treat! Why is it that Indonesia is a vegan paradise? I mean do a lot of people not eat animal products for religious reasons, like the Hindus and Buddhists? Whatever, I am will make a point of visiting there some time!
    1. kristo
      Thanks for the vote! Vegetarianism is very well respected in certain parts of this country. People still eat meat and fish, but there are always soy based alternatives. In restaurants a lot of dishes can be made vegetarian by request, and they will usually replace the meat with tempeh. Mountains of fresh fruit and vegetables are super common and very inexpensive, a 40cm long papaya is usually under $1 (USD) CRAZY!
  2. evalovesbend
    Yum looks great! Voted. Check out my post Peach Granita with Mint and vote if you like it :)
    1. kristo
      Thanks! will check it out, I love mint!


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