Pan-Fried Crispy Tofu with Tomato (Vegan Chinese Tomato and "Egg")

May 17, 2021
Tomato and "egg" is a well-known Chinese comfort food for any season. It's tangy, sweet, and satisfying. A twist on this humble home-style dish, my veganized version includes protein-packed, crispy pan-fried tofu in place of eggs. It's one of the fastest dishes I've ever made—it's ready in just 15 minutes. Nutritious and delicious served over rice, noodles, or sautéed veggies.
vegan chinese "egg" and tomato on a white plate

Pan-Fried Crispy Tofu with Tomato (Vegan Chinese Tomato and “Egg”)

Recipe Type: Detox Hearty Entrees
utensils YIELDS 2–4 servings
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  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 block (250g) Firm Tofu, drained
  • 1 Large onion, diced
  • 1 Large tomato, cubed or in wedges
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Shaoxing Wine (Chinese cooking wine), mirin, or similar (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Water
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1. Slice the tofu block in half, then into rectangular slices.

2. Heat the olive oil in a wok or pan. Fry the tofu over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown. Usually tomato and “egg” is served scrambled and soft, but I wanted to create this variation because crispy tofu is simply amazing.

3. Just after the tofu has turned golden brown, add the salt, shaoxing wine, sesame oil, and white pepper. Remove from heat and transfer to a plate.

4. In the same wok or pan, combine the tomato and diced onion. Add sugar and 2 tbsp water. After 1 minute, remove from heat and arrange on top of the tofu. It’s ready to serve! 😊

Also by Debbie: Vegan Chinese Tofu Stir Fry With “Oyster” Sauce

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Photo: Debbie Tan

Debbie was born in Malaysia and grew up in New Zealand. She loves writing, musicals, and living a plant based life. A digital marketer by day, she is also passionate about visual storytelling. She hopes to show that living a more sustainable and compassionate lifestyle can be simple and fun! Debbie has volunteered for social and environmental causes over the years, and interviewed Dr Jane Goodall on her 2018 world tour. Visit her Instagram @debbietan96 for snaps of delicious food and plants, and YouTube for music.


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