Crispy Tofu with Gravy

Crispy Tofu in Delicious Gravy

Crispy and gravy? They don’t seem to go together?! Do they?

In this Crispy Tofu in Delicious Gravy recipe, I made the crispy tofu and the gravy separately. To keep the tofu crispy, I simply scooped the gravy over the tofu just before serving as tofu will absorb the flavours instantly.

I love crispy silken tofu. In the past, I have tried making crispy silken tofu with minimal oil a number of times but without much success …. until now. There are a couple of tricks I have learnt:

  • press out the water content in the silken tofu
  • coat pressed tofu with a mixture of rice and tapioca flour.

Watch my video to see how I made Crispy Tofu in Delicious Gravy.


  • 100 gm of minced pork
  • 100 gm of prawn (1/2 minced, 1/2 chopped)
  • Marinade:
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp sugar
    • 1 tsp sesame oil
    • 1 tsp soya sauce
    • 1 tsp cornflour
    • Dash of white pepper
  • 1 cup of red pepper (cubed)
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1 cup of mushroom (cubed)
  • 1 box of silken tofu
    • 1/2 cup of rice flour
    • 1/2 cup of tapioca flour
    • Dash of salt
    • Dash of black pepper
  • 2 tbsp of rice bran oil for shallow frying
  • Sauce
    • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
    • 1 tsp fish sauce
    • 1 tbsp soya sauce
    • 1 tsp dark soya sauce
    • 1/2 tsp sugar
    • 1 tsp sesame oil
    • 3 tbp water
    • 1 clove of garlic (chopped)
  • Thickener: 1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 1 tbsp water
  • 1 beaten egg


1. Marinate the pork and prawn:
Add salt, sugar, sesame oil, soya sauce, cornflour and a dash of white pepper to the pork and mix well.
Add prawn and mix well.
Leave aside to marinate for 1/2 an hour.

2. Prepare the sauce:
Mix the sauce ingredients (oyster sauce, soya sauce, dark soya sauce, sugar, sesame oil and water together in a bowl. Set aside
Mix cornflour and water in a separate bowl.

3. Prepare the tofu:
Take the silken tofu out of the box and place it on a plate.
Place a couple of kitchen towels on the tofu.
Turn the tufo with the paper upside down and place it on the plate.
Place a couple of kitchen towels on the tofu.
Place a plate on top of the kitchen towel. This will help to press out the water content in the silken tofu.
Leave this for 1/2 an hour.

4. Just before frying:
Remove the plate and dry the tofu further with kitchen towels.
Cut tofu into cubes.
Prepare a mixture of rice flour, tapioca flour, salt and black pepper and place it on a plate.
Coat the tofu in the flour mixture. Make sure it is fully covered.

5. Frying the tofu:
Heat about 1/2 inch of oil in a flat frying pan.
Place coated tofu in the pan. Do not move the tofu until they are golden.
Flip them over to fry the other sides until they are golden on all sides.
Remove them to a plate.

6. Completing the dish:
In the same frying pan, add chopped garlic and fry till fragrant.
Add marinated prawn and pork and fry till brown.
Add peas, red pepper and mushroom and fry till cooked.
Add sauce and 1/2 cup of water and braise for a few minutes.
Thicken the gravy with cornflour mixture.
Stir in beaten egg and turn off heat.
Scoop the gravy over the tofu.

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