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Braised Tofu in Caramel Sauce (Tau Hu Kho)

Makes 4 servings

Notes: Caramelized sugar infuses the sauce with sweetness and gives it a deep mahogany shine. Serve this great vegetarian dish with hot cooked rice and stir-fried spinach with garlic.

Braised Tofu in Caramel Sauce (Tau Hu Kho)

James Carrier
 1 pound firm tofu
 3 tablespoons sugar
 3 tablespoons soy sauce
 1/4 cup minced shallots
 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions (including tops)
 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Step 1

Cut tofu into 2- by 3-inch, 1/2-inch-thick slices and pat dry.

Step 2

Place sugar in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat; shake pan often until sugar is melted and amber colored, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup hot water (mixture will bubble vigorously) and stir over medium heat until caramelized sugar is dissolved.

Step 3

Stir in soy sauce, shallots, ginger, and garlic; stir often over high heat until boiling. Lay tofu pieces in a single layer in sauce. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. With a wide spatula, turn pieces over; simmer until hot and coated with sauce, 3 to 4 minutes longer.

Step 4

Transfer tofu and sauce to a serving dish and sprinkle with green onions and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 219Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.9g16%

Saturated Fat 1.4g7%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 790mg33%
Total Carbohydrate 18g6%

Dietary Fiber 0.2g1%
Protein 19g38%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.