Photo by Priyanka Aggarwal
When people think comfort food they usually think spaghetti and meatballs, matzo ball soup or a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s the food they ate growing up; the dishes that remind them of their childhood and that make them feel cocooned and safe.
Growing up my mom was an accomplished cook who made everything from perfectly crisp roast chicken to Chinese mooncakes. It’s not the intricate dishes she made that I long for though but the simple dishes. Dishes like her steamed tofu, which I find myself making again and again. My mom’s recipe is the perfect combination of silkiness and crunch, and when eaten with a bowl of hot white rice is ridiculously delicious. The best part? It takes less than ten minutes to make which means you’ll have plenty of time to indulge.
It’s my ultimate comfort food.
Steamed Tofu With Soy Sauce
1 container silken tofu (14 oz.)
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Cilantro and green onion for garnish
- Remove tofu carefully from container by running a knife along the edge and drain on a dishtowel.
- Place tofu in a shallow steaming dish and steam for 7 minutes.
- While tofu is steaming gently heat up the vegetable oil. Add garlic and fry until golden brown. Remove from heat and add soy sauce and sugar.
- Remove tofu from steamer and drain the excess water from the dish.
- Pour garlic and soy sauce mixture over tofu.
- Top with sliced cilantro, green onion and a drizzle of sesame oil.
- Serve with hot steamed rice.