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!
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