Braised. Braised. Braaiiisseedd.
I don’t think it’s a very appetising word and would probably never order anything braised in a restaurant. But I wanted to play cooking with claypot again.
It makes you feel like you’re doing legitimate cooking when you could be making the same dish in a normal pan. What fun!
It’s about pretending to be cool in the kitchen, when actually you’re nothing more than a greedy food enthusiast who pretends to cook well (but doesn’t actually), and doesn’t like to tell people you cook because they might actually get you to cook something for them and then they would realise that you actually aren’t very good at cooking. They might berate you after that for having a food blog. Phew. Perhaps I won’t turn Publicise on after all.
Before you think I’ve cracked slightly, let’s move quickly on to the recipe.
Braised Tofu with Mushrooms (In a Claypot)
Recipe again adapted from Rasa Malaysia. This is pretty much my go-to website for Chinese-y type recipes. The original recipe is a porky version but mine is vegetarian. Except for the fishcakes I added afterwards, because certain males in my family won’t eat tofu and believe it causes them to grow breasts (it’s a myth everyone!!!)
1 packet of tofu, cut into cubes and drained
1 packet of fishcakes, sliced – totally optional, I added this later
5 Chinese dried mushrooms
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablesp sweet soya sauce – it’s better to use kicap manis, but I used Chinese dark thick soya sauce because I didn’t have any. If you do this, up the sugar to 1/4 teasp
1/2 tablesp oyster sauce
1 teasp soya sauce
1/8 teasp sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tablesp water + 1 teasp corn starch – to thicken rather than anything else
A single chopped spring onion – I used more..I don’t like wasting half a packet
White pepper to taste
- Precook the tofu and fishcakes (if using). You can either deepfry, or stick it in the toaster oven (lightly oiled). If you toast it, flip it after it turns golden brown. Drain off the oil on paper towels.
- Heat the claypot (slowly) and dump in garlic and a little oil. Fry the garlic until it’s golden brown.
- Chuck in the mushrooms, tofu, and fishcakes (if using).
- Pour in all the sauces and the 1/4 cup of water.
- Cover the pot, and leave everything to braaiiisseee for 15 minutes over low heat.
- Stir in the corn starch mixture.
- Throw on the spring onions.
- Eat your warm, comforting meal from the claypot with rice.