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Tahu goreng
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Indonesian Tahu goreng and omelette arranged on a plate garnished with bean sprouts, cucumber and carrot
Alternative namesTauhu goreng (Malaysian and Singaporean spelling)
Associated national cuisineIndonesia,[1] Malaysia, Singapore
Main ingredientstofu
Tahu isi (filled tofu) served with bird's eye chili
Tahu isi (filled tofu) served with bird's eye chili

Tahu goreng (Indonesian spelling) or Tauhu goreng (Malaysian and Singaporean spelling) is a generic name for any type of fried tofu dish in the cuisines of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Preparation

Tofu being fried in Indonesia
Tofu being fried in Indonesia

When preparing the dish, cakes of hard tofu are deep fried until golden brown. A popular way to serve fried tofu is to cut them diagonally in half and arranged on a plate garnished with bean sprouts, cucumber and scallion. A thick sauce is prepared with shallots, garlic, chili peppers, shrimp paste, soy sauce and tamarind juice.

Cultural origins

In Malay language and Indonesian; tauhu or tahu refers to 'tofu' and goreng indicates 'fried'. Tofu originated from China and brought to Southeast Asia by Chinese immigrants to the region. Fried tofu is consumed extensively in Asian cultures, and has found its way into mainstream Western vegetarian diets.

Variations

Indonesia

Plain 'tahu goreng' on white rice, without side dishes and embellishments.
Plain 'tahu goreng' on white rice, without side dishes and embellishments.

In Indonesia, tahu goreng can be mildly fried or deep fried, plain or battered. In Indonesia, tahu goreng is usually eaten with sambal kecap a kind of sambal hot condiment made from kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and chopped chili peppers and shallots. Some variant might uses peanut sauce with chili instead. Some variants are:

See also

References

  1. ^ "Sejarah tahu goreng". (Indonesian)
  2. ^ Indah Morgan. "Indonesian stuffed tofu (tahu isi)". SBS Australia. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  3. ^ Tahu Bunkeng the pioneer of Tahu Sumedang