One challenging aspect of being almost vegetarian is when I am in need of comfort food. Most of the things I crave from childhood inevitably contain meat of some sort. Hence, I am almost vegetarian: I typically pick around the meat in a dish, especially when I am eating out.
On a day like today, when I am still reeling from a week of the flu and unhealthy weather, I am hankering for some culinary comfort. Inspired by my Mommy who takes time & care to vegetarian-ise my favourite foods, I decided I would try to make a vegetarian version of one of my childhood favourites: Tau Yu Bak, or Braised Tofu in Soy Sauce. I found this vegetarian version of a Grandma Favourite online. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Vegetarian Tau Yu Bak (Braised Tofu in Soy Sauce)
adapted from wastedfashion.net
- 3 cups water
- 4 hard boiled eggs
- 6 garlic cloves (smashed with the back of a knife to release flavour)
- 4 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 3 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 block of firm tofu (cut into small rectangular pieces)
- 1 packet of tofu puffs (optional)
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 2 star anise
- 3 cloves
1. Heat up water in a medium pot and bring to boil. Lower heat.
2. Add tofu, tofu puffs, garlic, soy sauces, brown sugar, cinnamon, star anise & cloves. Stir gently to mix everything.
3. Bring to a boil then add peeled hard boiled eggs.
4. Lower the heat to medium and braise for 15 minutes.
5. Turn the heat to lowest for another 25 – 30 minutes.
6. Serve with steamed rice or noodles.