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Tahu goreng
Indonesian Tahu goreng and omelette arranged on a plate garnished with bean sprouts, cucumber and carrot
Alternative namesTauhu goreng (Malaysian and Singaporean spelling)
Associated cuisineIndonesia,[1] Malaysia, Singapore
Main ingredientstofu
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.


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 arrange 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. Its first arrival in Indonesia is estimated through the Khubilai Khan's army in Kediri in 1292.[2] Fried tofu is consumed extensively in Asian cultures and has found its way into mainstream Western vegetarian diets.



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 variants might use peanut sauce with chili instead. Some variants are:

See also


  1. ^ "Sejarah tahu goreng". (Indonesian)
  2. ^ "Sejarah Tahu Masuk Indonesia, Hingga Jadi Lauk Terpopuler Setelah Tempe". (in Indonesian). 2020-05-13. Retrieved 2022-11-30.
  3. ^ Indah Morgan. "Indonesian stuffed tofu (tahu isi)". SBS Australia. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  4. ^ Tahu Bunkeng the pioneer of Tahu Sumedang