Tuesday, May 28, 2013

[Tony's Creation]Beef balls with tomato and tofu puff

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[Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes| Serve: 4 | Calorie: 420 per serving ]
.: 簡介 Info:.

These are golden squares of bean curd that have been deep-fried. You'll find them in cellophane bags in the refrigeration section of Asian markets, sold under a variety of names, such as Bean Kow or Bean Curd Puffs or Tofu Puffs. Deep-frying makes them very chewy.
The beauty of deep-fried bean curd is that it becomes super absorbent. That's why tofu puffs are popular in stews (it's best to briefly blanch them before using to remove excess oil). However, I confess I have an addiction to eating them right out of the bag. Other people indulge in slices of cheese or a carton of ice cream during their midnight raids at the refrigerator - I devour tofu puffs. At least it's healthier!
Source: http://recipes.wikia.com/wiki/Bean_curd_puff
.: 材料 Ingredients :. 
1- Minced beef, 400g

Minced garlic, 1 tbsp
3- 1 medium onion, peeled, diced
4- Diced shallot, 1 tbsp

5- 2/3 cane of hot water
6- Medium tomato, cut into pieces, 2 tomato
7- shimeji mushroom, stemmed off
8- 15 tofu puff, cut into pieces
9- Korean chili paste, 1 tbsp

.: 醃料 Seasoning :.
1- Sugar, 1/2 tsp
2- 1 large egg
3- Water, 2 tbsp
4- Corn starch, 2 tbsp
5- White pepper, 1 tsp, optional
6- Fish sauce, 1/2 tbsp
.: 做法 Directions :.
Step 1:

Combine the beef with the seasoning.  Marinade it for 15 minutes.  Divide the pork into 12-14 small pieces.  Pan-fry the pork until it is fully cooked (6-8 minutes).  Drain it in a sieve over a bowl.  Put it aside.

Step 2:

Clean and dry the pan well. Heat it again with 1/2 tbsp of oil over high heat until hot. Add in the garlic, shallot, and onion with 1/3 tsp of salt. Stir-fry the ingredients until the onion is soft (about 2-3 minutes). Add in the bell pepper and tomato with 1/3 tsp of sugar. Mix it well and stir-fry for 2 minutes.

Step 3:
Add in the chili paste, hot water and bring it to boil.  Turn the heat to medium-low.   Add in the mushroom, tofu puff and beef.  Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.   Mix it well and dish it up.  Serve it hot.
.: 小貼士 Cook's notes :.
1- It is better to stir the beef until it is sticky when you combine the seasoning. The pork texture will be tender if you do this.
2- Divide the beef into small pieces so that it is easier to cook through
3- Add a bit of fish sauce if the sauce tastes too light after simmering.
4- You can add some corn starch mixture (corn starch with cold water) to thicken the sauce

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