Tofu With Prawns - Steamed And Deep Fried (Guest Post)

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Tofu with prawns - steamed and deep fried

Tofu with prawns - steamed and deep fried

I’m excited to share with you this beautiful recipe, Tofu With Prawns - Steamed And Deep Fried. It is definitely my favourite because I love tofu and prawns. This is a guest post by an awesome food blogger, Ann, popularly known as Anncoo. Ann is from Singapore and has an amazing blog at which showcases a lot of beautiful home cooked food and bakes. She is very friendly and helpful. It’s just so easy and fun talking to her. It looks as if I have known her for years. Through blogging, I have found a wonderful friend!

Work life balance. Take time to lay back and relax! That's me today...haha

Work life balance. Take time to lay back and relax! That's like me today...haha

It’s really such an honour and a delight to have Ann write this lovely post for me. I have been following her blog for quite a while. Her recipes have never failed to inspire me. Her cooking and baking are of very high standard. She always cooks my favourite…prawns!! You can just imagine how I drool over them ALL the time.

Just last week I decided to ask Ann if she can write a blog post for me. Her reply came with an immediate ‘YES’! Wow…..that really made my day……so sweet and kind of her! 2 days later, she emailed me this lovely post!!! That was rocket speed!!! I was shocked but was totally impressed and happy. That’s phenomenal!

I was actually very curious to know about Ann’s cooking and baking skills. So I asked her whether she took any cooking and baking lessons or maybe she has a restaurant. This is what she said,

”I attended a baking class for about a year without paying any fees in the ingredients shop. I just had to purchase a $10 voucher, attend the lesson and use the voucher to buy ingredients in that shop after the lesson. My cooking was inspired by my grandma when I was a little girl. I followed my grandma to market every morning and I liked to watch how she cooked. I also love to look at beautiful things like cakes and food and of course I enjoy eating. I never thought of opening any bakery shop or restaurant. I only help to bake for charity like old folks home or the children society. And now I’m very much inspired by all the bloggers like you to post all the delicious food. Lastly I love to take pictures.” ‘

That’s really inspiring, isn’t it? I want to be able to cook and bake like her. I hope you are inspired too.

While I take a break to lay back and relax, here is Anncoo’s post. Please enjoy!

I was quite surprised when Mary Moh of Keep Learning Keep Smiling invited me to do a guest post for her. I felt so honoured and said ‘YES’ immediately. I am very happy to get to know Mary through blogging. She ia a very friendly lady (seems like I have known her for years), a loving mother, adoring wife and she cooks very well.

Tofu is rich in high quality protein. It is also a good source of B-vitamins and iron. Tofu is also very versatile and there are many different ways that it can be cooked.

I would like to share this tofu with prawns recipe which can be served in two ways.

Ingredients A
2 blocks tofu
120g shelled prawns
2 egg whites, about 60g (lightly beaten)
1 tsp salt
½ tsp chicken stock powder
¾ tbsp corn flour
1 tsp pepper
1 tbsp spring onion (cut finely)
1 tbsp carrot (diced finely)
1 tsp red chilli (diced finely)

Ingredients B (sauce)
200ml chicken broth
1/8 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp light soy sauce
2 tsp potato starch or corn flour

ingredients and preparation

ingredients and preparation

Put the sauce of Ingredients B in a pot. Keep stirring until it comes to a boil. Remove from the heat.

Wrap tofu of Ingredients A with cheesecloth and press out the water from the tofu by placing a heavy object on top for 20 mins.

Blend shelled prawns to a fine paste.

In a large bowl, mash the tofu with a fork, add prawn paste and mix well. Then add  the egg whites and  the rest of Ingredients A. Mix well and set aside for 10 minutes.

Line a 8” square tray with plastic sheet. Pour tofu mixture into the tray and steam for 8 minutes under high heat.

Cut the steamed tofu into 2 ½ ” x 1 ½ ” size pieces. Divide them into 2 portions.

Tofu with prawns - steamed

Tofu with prawns - steamed

To one portion, arrange them on a serving plate and pour the sauce over it. Garnish with red chilli and carrot strips on top and serve.

Tofu with prawns - deep fried

Tofu with prawns - deep fried

To the other portion, deep fry them till golden brown. Dish up and serve with mayonnaise or chilli sauce as dipping sauce.

Remarks by Mary:
I’m sure you will agree with me that this is a wonderful recipe. I must say it’s such a brilliant idea to use one recipe for 2 dishes. I must learn that skill!

I would like to thank Ann very much once again for her warm friendship and for such a beautiful recipe. I really like it. Please visit Ann’s lovely blog at and do leave comments.  She will appreciate that very much. I am very sure you will love her blog as much as I do. She is very friendly and helpful and will answer any questions of yours if you need help in your cooking.

Have you ever used one recipe for 2 dishes? Please share, add or comment in the comment box below.

Other tofu recipes that you may be interested in:
Tofu Mixed Vegetables Dish
Hot And Sour Tofu Soup
Fried Tofu With Char Siu Chicken
Homemade Egg Tofu

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somewhere in singapore  on April 21st, 2010

Give me a five!!! It is my favourite too!!!

The Little Teochew  on April 21st, 2010

Oh, what a lovely dish! And so easy and versatile. I opt for the deep fried version. ;) You’re both talented cooks!

somewhere in singapore  on April 21st, 2010

I run very fast today, haha…

somewhere in singapore  on April 21st, 2010

Too bad i have no chance to meet her in person yet…

Pavithra Srihari  on April 21st, 2010

Wow this is simply superb … great job ..

Divina  on April 21st, 2010

Great guest post, Mary. Ann is really talented and her cooking and baking is outstanding. I actually do have a lot of catching up on her blog. And this is a great tofu and prawn dish. Great creativity and inspiration.

3hungrytummies  on April 21st, 2010

Imagine the both of you having a cook off :)
Love both versions!
So Mary you are from Sarawak?

Nasi Lemak Lover  on April 21st, 2010

one stone kills two birds huh! for me, I like the deep fried version. Anncoo, well done!

DG  on April 21st, 2010

The prawn tofu dish looks simple & delicious. The best part is one recipe can be served into 2 dishes. This is a must try at home. Love you both, and good to hear both of you now become close friends thru blogging :)

Mary  on April 21st, 2010

@somewhere in singapore - I think Ann must cook for both of us! :D I hope we can all meet in persons one day. We will have a marathon chat…haha. Hope you have a relaxing day today. Don’t rush, ok?

@The Little Teochew - Thanks very much, Ju! I know you are very busy but really appreciate your time to visit and comment :D

@Pavithra Srihari - Thanks very much for visitng and lovely comment, Pavithra! :D

@Divina - Thanks very much, Divina! It’s really fun and wonderful that we can all learn from each other :D Your blog is very inspiring too, especially in health matters.

@3hungrytummies - Haha…if we have a cook off…our waistlines will grow! :D Yes, I came from Sarawak. Really miss all the food back home. Glad you posted some Sarawakian food on your blog :D I really miss the Sarawak laksa…mmm

@Nasi Lemak Lover - With tofu and prawns, I’ll eat all of them :P

@DG - Thanks very much, DG! Lovely to meet you too :D

the lacquer spoon  on April 21st, 2010

Wonderful healthy tofu recipes to share us all! Thank you, Mary, Ann and… the cat :)

yummy koh  on April 21st, 2010

I want this too - leave some for me ok?

SathyaSridhar  on April 21st, 2010

Nice recipe mary,,, looks very crispy n yummyy

kristy  on April 21st, 2010

Bravo Anncoo, this is a fantastic recipe! We used to eat this kind of tofu at the restaurant. But now, we can make our own! So, the restaurant sure bankrupt LOL! HAHAHA…. And for Mary, you can save a few pounds! Have a great day!
REgards, Kristy

sushma mallya  on April 21st, 2010

Awesome guest post mary, i too love anncoo’s blog for her beautiful cakes…

penny aka jeroxie  on April 21st, 2010

I like this dish too! Tofu done 2 ways. YUM

Mary  on April 21st, 2010

@the lacquer spoon - Thanks very much…even for including the cat! …haha :D

@yummy koh - Haha…we must all go and visit Ann one day. I’m sure she will have lots for us! :D

@SathyaSridhar - Thanks very much, Sathya! :D

@kristy - Now I think the restaurants are going to dislke all of us food bloggers…haha. Never mind, still lots of innocent ones out there :P I can sure save lots and lots of ££! :D

@sushma mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! I love Ann’s cakes too…mmm :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Thanks very much, Penny! :D

Margaret  on April 21st, 2010

They are so beautifully presented, I could eat them now.

TasteHongKong  on April 21st, 2010

Hi Mary, Ann,
Reading this recipe, the first impression hits me is that this is a truly hearty dish. I believe I need no elaborations as all the thoughtful details speak for themselves.

gertrude  on April 21st, 2010

That is a wonderful dish Anncoo. My mom used to do that for us too but she always deep fried it.

Sara (Belly Rumbles)  on April 21st, 2010

What a wonderful recipe using ready available ingredients, I love the two options.

tasteofbeirut  on April 21st, 2010

I am very interested in trying this recipe, as I think combining tofu and prawns is a match made in heaven; that along with all the other spices and you’ve got an unforgettable dish~

divya  on April 21st, 2010

They are so beautifuly presented,looks very crispy n yummy.

Mary  on April 21st, 2010

@Margaret - Thanks very much, Margaret! :D

@TasteHongKong - totaly agree with you that this is avery hearty dish…my favourite….mmmm :D

@gertrude - Thanks very much, Gertrude! :D

@Sara (Belly Rumbles) - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Sara! :D

@tasteofbeirut - Give a try. The prawns give a sweetness to this dish and a lovely texture too. Have fun cooking :D

@divya - Thanks very much, Divya! :D

Belinda @zomppa  on April 21st, 2010

Delicious! Ann - great to meet you!!

nisha  on April 21st, 2010

Have never tried anything with tofu…this looks way too delicious to pass..mayb i should give it a go…nice to meet u too ann :)

peachkins  on April 21st, 2010

I prefer the deep fried tofu! Cute shot of the kitty!

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peteformation  on April 21st, 2010

I like to cook tofu this way too! My kids love it!

elra  on April 21st, 2010

Hmmm. that tofu look so delicious. Neatly presented as well.

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on April 21st, 2010

These look so tasty, that pretend green grass underneath the fried ones really sets it off. Bet it’s delicious.

Shirley  on April 21st, 2010

A guest post like this in 2 ways! Fantastic! You are right Mary- Ann’s blog and food have a professional touch.
Ann- do you think a baked version would taste as good?
P.S My little girl loves the pussycat!

Roti n Rice  on April 21st, 2010

Oh….they are both good! I can live on tofu and eat some form of it almost every day.

5 Star Foodie  on April 21st, 2010

Two excellent tofu preparations and I love the presentation!

blessedhomemaker  on April 21st, 2010

Great guest post! I left a msg in Ann’s blog, commenting that I’ll prefer the fried version but if I were to cook it for my kids, I’ll steam it. Hahaha!

HS  on April 21st, 2010

Hi Mary, First time come to your blog just leave some words to say ‘Hi ‘to you. Emmmm, This tofu must be very delicious will try it some other days.

Mary  on April 21st, 2010

@Belinda @zomppa - Thanks very much, Belinda! :D

@nisha - Thanks very much, Nisha! Have fun cooking :D

@peachkins - Thanks very much! :D

@peteformation - I have to cook this too. I’m sure my children will like it too. If not, I’ll eat all myself…haha :D

@elra - It is! Thanks very much, Elra! :D

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Thanks very much, Sarah! :D

@Shirley - Thanks very much, Shirley! :D I’ll have to check that out wth Ann whether a baked version will be the same. By the way, I wish that the cat is mine! It’s my friend’s cat. I took care of it for one day.

@Roti n Rice - I would love to eat everyday but buying tofu sometimes can be a headache. I would love to cook Ann’s dish…very delicious…mmm :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@blessedhomemaker - Haha….you are very smart. I bet you eat the fried ones when they are in school and serve them the steamed ones when they come back from school…haha :D

@HS - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! Have fun cooking :D

Priya  on April 21st, 2010

Wat a fantastic tofu dishes, thanks for sharing, Ann thanks dear..

shaz  on April 21st, 2010

Nice to meet Anncoo. ANd yes, that tofu looks so delicious, I’m a prawn fan too. Great work and lovely to hear of this friendship forged over the miles :)

Mary  on April 21st, 2010

What lovely dishes. It’s so nice to have recipes that serve dual purposes. I hope you are both having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

Namitha  on April 21st, 2010

Both the dishes look great..Ann is such a great cook…and so are you, Mary :-)

Cheah  on April 21st, 2010

Ann is truly a very talented cook and she’s got a lot of wonderful recipes. Love this dual purpose tofu, also one of my favourites.

The Kitchen Masochist  on April 21st, 2010

I just had prawns and tofu today. Not like this though. I made a yellow curry sauce with it.

I’d love to try this.

They sell fresh blocks of firm tofu at the market over here. It makes a big difference.

The Kitchen Masochist  on April 21st, 2010

oops, I forgot …

re: sweet potato prawn fritters

here are the pics and you can see those small prawns I was describing..

Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog  on April 21st, 2010

I want the golden deep fried version, no doubt about it!



Mary  on April 21st, 2010

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@shaz - Thanks very much, Shaz! Blogging is amazing. Lovely to meet you too :D

@Mary - Thanks very much, Mary! :D

@Namitha - Thanks very much, Namitha! :D

@Cheah - Totally agree with you about Ann. I really like this recipe. Hope to cook soon :D

@The Kitchen Masochist - Your prawn and tofu yellow curry sounds very delicious too. It’s also my favourite :D I miss all those fresh tofu sold at he market. They taste so different…delicious. Thanks very much for taking the sweet potato prawn picture for me. That’s really kind of you. That’s a lot of small prawns there…beautiful colour too. I’m sure it’s very delicious. Both my favourites in one!!! Would love to try.

@Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog - Looks like that’s most people’s favourite :D

Cinda  on April 21st, 2010

I like the arrangement. I agree prawns and tofu are delish.

Cinda  on April 21st, 2010

…. I think we may have similar cats. Must be twins in a past life…
I have a few photos of Sakura in my other blog.

Cinda  on April 21st, 2010

Sorry it should have been

Cinda  on April 21st, 2010

I meant to say I have a similar cat.. same face and colours.. Sakura is on my other blog.

I accidently erased my previous comment and this was suppose to come out before.

Mimi  on April 21st, 2010

Great guest post Ann.

Nisrine@Dinners & Dreams  on April 21st, 2010

This is the best-looking tofu I’ve ever seen. I must admit it has never appealed to me. I might actually be less prejudiced this time and give it a try. Well done!

Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes  on April 21st, 2010

Oh wow, such a beautiful plate! I love tofu!

Faith  on April 21st, 2010

What a great guest post! The tofu is really beautiful — it looks like something from a restaurant!

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on April 21st, 2010

It’s a wonderful recipe, for making two delicious dishes. Love tofu and prawns very much. They are very good combination.

noobcook  on April 21st, 2010

I like this one dish, two ways. I like both the healthy steamed version and of course, who can resist deep fried food. Great recipe ^^

Blackswan  on April 21st, 2010

Another good work of yours, Mary! I’ve enjoyed your introduction :) Sorry haven’t visited for a while, been really busy. Running over to Ann’s blog now.

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uma  on April 21st, 2010

nice guest post! prawn and tofu combos sounds interesting..

Elin  on April 21st, 2010

What a wonderful tofu dish. Love it and thanks to my two favoirite food bloggers…Ann and Mary for sharing this wonderful tofu dish :)

Mary  on April 22nd, 2010

@Cinda - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Cinda! :D I was so excited to see your cat but I think I can’t find it on your blog. Will check out again. The cat in the picture is my friend’s. Wish it’s mine! It’s very friendly and adorable.

@Mimi - Thanks very much, Mimi! :D Ann is a fantastic cook!

@Nisrine@Dinners & Dreams - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Nisrine! :D Give a try with tofu. Maybe you will like it. Tofu is bland by it self and take the taste from others. Prawns is a good addition. Have fun cooking!

@Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes - Thanks very much, Sook! :D

@Faith - Ann’s food always look like from the restaurant! :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Christine! :D

@noobcook - Thanks very much! I love both, too …mmmm :D

@Blackswan - Thanks very much for visiting despite your busy schedule. Really appreciate :D

@uma - Thanks very much, Uma! :D

@Elin - Thanks very much, Elin! :D

Anita  on April 22nd, 2010

Great guest post - the fried tofu looks amazing.

tigerfish  on April 22nd, 2010

They are beautifully presented and I bet they taste very good! Adding prawns to tofu must have made the tofu very flavorful :D …I enjoy visiting both your blogs.

Olive  on April 22nd, 2010

great post Mary and Anncoo, I love following the two of you, I just wish I have more time in my hands so I can try some of the yummy dishes that you two prepare. Both of you are great and so’s the tofu, steamed or fried..all good to me :)

fimère  on April 22nd, 2010

je goûterai volontiers ça me parait tellement succulent!!!j’aime beaucoup
bonne journée

Maaya  on April 22nd, 2010

wow this looks so good. so healthy and lovely even if its fried. tofu is amazing

Mary  on April 22nd, 2010

@Anita - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Anita! :D

@tigerfish - Thanks very much! :D

@Olive - Thanks very much, Olive! Me, too… many recipes (including yours) that I want to try.

@fimère - Thanks very much, Fimère! :D

@Maaya - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Maaya! :D

kathyvegas  on April 22nd, 2010

Both versions sound wonderful! I’d even serve the fried version as appetizers bet they’d be great with drinks.

Jeannie  on April 22nd, 2010

Looks like I am the last one in huh! Well better late than never :D Great post and great dishes too, I like the steamed version, looks very melt in the mouth, no need to chew:D A very good dish indeed Anncoo. Mary, do you purr like that cat? :D

Mary  on April 22nd, 2010

@kathyvegas - Indeed both versions are wonderful. Both are my favourites. I can even eat them for lunch! :D

@Jeannie - I’m sure you are not the last but that’s not important. Your visit just warms my heart…thanks very much, Jeannie! :D You can bet I purred like the cat when I saw the pictures…haha :D

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subhie  on April 22nd, 2010

hey ..lovely quest post..frst time here..lov ur space..glad to follow u!

Nadjibella  on April 22nd, 2010

Je n’ai pas encore cuisiné le tofu.
Ta recette me plait beaucoup.
A bientôt.

Simply Life  on April 22nd, 2010

YUM! Great combo of ingredients!

lequan@luvtoeat  on April 22nd, 2010

Tofu and prawns are such a great combo. Loved that Ann gave us two choices, a healthy dish and a fun (who doesn’t love fried food?) to eat dish. Loved this creativity Ann, and thank you to the both of you for the wonderful guest post.

Kamalika  on April 22nd, 2010

Dear Mary ..missed ur lots of post….gone thru all the missed post…as usual each are elegant and delectable in their own way…thanks for sharing such a wonderful dishes….take care..and have a nice day…

citronetvanille  on April 22nd, 2010

I wish I could try this delightful tofu, I love tofu and shrimps too! and now condensed milk too! Thanks Mary!

theUngourmet  on April 23rd, 2010

I can never get my tofu to turn out right. I would love to try these though. Both look absolutely fabulous! I especially love the one with the shrimp. :)

Mary  on April 23rd, 2010

@subhie - Thanks very much for visiting, following and lovely comment, Subhie! :D

@Nadjibella - Thanks very much, Nadjibella! :D Hope you try this out soon.

@Simply Life - Thanks very much! :D

@lequan@luvtoeat - Thanks very much, LeQuan! This dish is like one stone kills 2 birds :D

@Kamalika - Thanks very much for dropping by again and lovely comment, Kamalika! :D

@citronetvanille - Haha…you love condensed milk, too! :D

@theUngourmet - This is a very delicious dish. Hope you can get right with this one. Have fun cooking :D

anncoo  on April 23rd, 2010

Hi Mary, Thanks again for the guest post invite and thank you to all Friends here for the lovely compliments :-)

Tasty Trix  on April 25th, 2010

Oh wow, this is really a great recipe - I love tofu, and having it steamed & fried with yummy prawns … I certainly couldn’t choose, I would have to eat both!

mycookinghut  on April 26th, 2010

Great idea! I think I love both versions! ;)

Mary  on April 26th, 2010

@anncoo - Thanks very much, Anncoo for such a lovely post. Everyone likes it so much! :D

@Tasty Trix - Haha….just be like me…eat both! :D

@mycookinghut - Me, too! It’s too difficult and too delicious to choose :D

Tebonin  on April 29th, 2010

I know the second one is fry Tofu..but the first one is the Tofu a Asian like me never tried as well..It does looks amazing
I wanna try it for sure.

Mary  on April 30th, 2010

@Tebonin - Totally agree with you that the 2 tofu dishes are amazing. They look very delicious. I would love to try too. :D

Brie  on May 1st, 2010

lovely recipes! i think the fried tofu would be my favorite

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