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19 December 2012,20:27 by
Ponmathi Srilekha.S

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Serves :

Preparation Time :
30 minutes

Cooking Time :
40 minutes

Preparation Method :

  • Bring a pot of water over high heat.
  • Add in tofu and boil until done and floated to the surface. Remove and put aside.
  • Cut boiled tofu into pieces and put into a mixing bowl.
  • Marinate with light soy sauce, seasoning sauce, sugar and black pepper.
  • Toss to coat, pan -fry in hot oil until golden on all sides.
  • In a pot, add in palm sugar and place over low heat. When it melts and starts caramelized, pour in water.
  • Add cinnamon, star anise, five Chinese spices, coriander roots, garlic and peppercorn.
  • When it boils, season with light soy sauce, seasoning sauce and salt.
  • Add fried tofu and simmer until the tofu absorbs the sauce and is tender. Turn off the heat.
  • Ladle into a serving dish and garnish with Chinese celery sprig.
  • Serve hot. 


  • 500 grams hard white tofu
  • 200 grams palm sugar
  • 500 ml water
  • 2 stick (1") cinnamon, roasted
  • 2 star anise, roasted
  • 1 teaspoon five Chinese spices powder
  • 5 coriander roots, bruised
  • 10 cloves small Thai garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorn, cracked
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons seasoning sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Chinese celery spring for garnish

The marinade for tofu

  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

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