This dish needs a little extra effort to prepare. First, you need to prepare the paste for the filling, then the frying followed by the braising. But, it isn't difficult if it is done step by step at different times.
The paste filling can be used to make fish balls for soups or noodles. It can be stuffed in various vegetables like brinjals, okra, chillies, bittergourd or in soft/firm beancurd.
Of course, this is a tasty and aromatic dish which is savoury and sourish. The fresh tofu skin is tasty when it soaks up the seasoning sauce and fragrant.
Ingredients for Paste
100 gm fish paste
50 gm prawn paste
50 gm minced meat
some chopped spring onions
Seasoning [mixed together]
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp sesame seed oil
2 tbsp cold water
1 tbsp cornstarch
- In a mixing bowl, combine fish paste, prawn paste and minced meat with seasoning.
- Stir in a one direction into a sticky paste. Add in the spring onions and mix well. Shape into ball, place in a container and chill for at least 30 minutes or until required.
1 packet [10 pieces] fresh soya skin [tau pau] - defrost
some chopped garlic, ginger, red chilli and spring onions
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp wine
1 tbsp black vinegar
1/4 tsp sugar
- Separate the fresh tofu skin and press out excess water.
- Spread some prepared fish paste on a piece of taupau and top up with another piece. Press lightly and set aside. Finish doing the same for the rest. Dust stuffed tofu skin with some cornflour before frying.
- Heat up a non stick pan with enough oil to pan fry or deep fry the tofu skin until golden brown. Dish up and set aside.
- Remove excess oil from wok, saute ginger, garlic and red chilli until aromatic. Add in seasoning sauce, bring to boil. Return the fried taupau pieces to the wok, braise until sauce is reduced slightly.
- Dish up and garnish with chopped spring onion. Serve immediately.