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Monday, November 24, 2008

Stir-Fried Green Beans with Savory Tofu and Peanuts

My mom has gone back home but there are still so many yummy recipes she cooked up that we haven't blogged about.  So here is another dish that she cooked up one day that we really enjoyed and is pretty easy to make.  She was such a lively inspiration for this blog.  We told her that we were looking for more quick and easy Asian recipes and she started to rattle off a bunch that we could do.  Here is one of them.

Stir-Fried Green Beans with Savory Tofu and Peanuts

Stir-Fried Green Beans with Savory Tofu and Peanuts

This recipe has wonderful textures and flavors.  The tofu is firm and savory.  The beans are sweet and green with a slight crunch.  The fried peanuts add a really nice crunch and yummy nutty flavor.  And the dried shrimp ties all the flavors together with its sweetness.

The first thing you would need to do is the prep your peanuts.  Buy some raw peanuts from the Asian grocery store (they sell two types, the ones with skin and without, get the ones with skin on).  Then in a dry wok, add a little oil and cook the peanuts on medium-low heat turning frequently to prevent burning.  When the peanuts are fragrant smelling and cooked, remove and let cool.  Taste a few to make sure they are nicely crunchy (and try not to end up eating them all before making this dish!). 

As for the savory tofu, you can find these in your Asian grocery stores.  They are much firmer than your blocks of firm tofu and are brownish in color from the marinate they have been given.  If you want to try to make your own, there are recipes out there on how to make your own savory tofu.  Our favorite brand, Furama, can be found at 99 Ranch Market.

Furama Brand Savory Baked Tofu

Furama Brand Savory Baked Tofu

Stir Fried Green Beans with Savory Tofu and Peanuts

2 tbsp dried shrimp (hae bee), rinsed then soaked in about 1/2 cup water
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 lb green beans, chopped into 1 inch long pieces
2 blocks savory tofu (Furama brand tofu has four blocks all in one piece, use just two of the four, ie. half the package), cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/3 cup raw peanuts fried with a little oil over med-low heat until brown and fragrant
2 tbsp oil
1 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp chicken bouillon
salt and white pepper to taste

1.  Fry the peanuts in a little oil over low heat until the peanuts are browned and fragrant. 
2.  Soak the dried shrimp in 1/2 cup water, reserve the soaking liquid.
3.  Heat the oil in a pan, fry the dried shrimp and garlic together until fragrant and the garlic is lightly browned (not burnt).

Frying Dried Shrimp (Hae Bee) and Garlic

 Frying Dried Shrimp (Hae Bee) and Garlic

4.  Add the tofu and and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
5.  Add the oyster sauce.

Frying Savory Tofu with Oyster Sauce

 Frying Savory Tofu with Oyster Sauce

6.  Throw in the green beans.

Stir-Frying Green Beans with Savory Tofu

 Stir-Frying Green Beans with Savory Tofu

7.  Add the chicken bouillon and the 1/2 cup reserved dried shrimp soaking liquid.
8.  Cook green beans for about 4 minutes until the beans are just cooked through (they should still have a slight crunch to them).
9.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
10. Plate up and garnish with peanuts.

Stir-Fried Green Beans with Savory Tofu and Peanuts

Stir-Fried Green Beans with Savory Tofu and Peanuts


Cheers, Annie

Hungry for more quick Asian recipes? Click below:

Indonesian-Inspired Sauteed Shrimp

Steamed Egg Tofu with Ground Pork and Shrimp

Five Quick Asian Dishes: Two Tofus, Two Ways

Steamed Shiitake Mushrooms with Bok Choy and Fatt Choy


Piee and JSBanana said...

Haha. I just finished commenting on your FabFood post & this one just came up! It looks delicious! The tofu... what kind is it? Simply savory tofu? I remember those being really firm.


Piee and JSBanana said...

SORRY! I didn't know the post continued. I only saw up to the picture.

Beachlover said...

this is good to eat with "chok"aka congee especially frezzing cold now:P talking about it make me wanna to cook some chok now!LOL!

mysimplefood said...

Your mom was here. I am sure she brought loads of goodies from Malaysia??

The Diva on a Diet said...

Just been browsing through your blog and gosh, you've made me hungry! These beans look outstanding - love the added tofu and peanuts. Yum!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow everything nutritious out in the dish...

Jo said...

what a coincidence. My mum makes this as well except that she'll cut the beans into smaller pieces and add chai po to the dish. we loved as kids (and still do) and can just eat this with a bowl of rice. this certainly bring make memories.

Annie said...

Jo--yes, my mom says that this dish can be cooked with chai po as well and eaten with jook! But without the chai po, it is still very yummy!

Anonymous said...

I don't remember seeing savory tofu in my Asian grocery. Will have to look for it on my next shopping trip. Would this work with regular extra-firm tofu?

Anonymous said...

This dish is packed with nutrition, that's for sure. Looks good! I am not a big fan of tofu, but would mind trying this dish a bit:)

Nate @ House of Annie said...

@Piee and JSBanana - heheh

@Beachlover - Yeah, eating it with jook would be perfect.

@mysimplefood - Mum was here for two months. Now she's gone back :-(

@diva on a diet - we aim to please ;-)

@Ramya - good food and good flavor are not mutually exclusive :-)

@Jo - mums know best!

@Lydia - yes, it would work with extra-firm tofu.

@farida - tofu is so versatile as well as nutritious. Hope this recipe changes your mind about it!

Food For Tots said...

Luv this combo! Don't think I can get this savory tofu here. Can I replace with those local tau gua?

Nate @ House of Annie said...

Food For Tots - yes, you can substitute! I hope you try it! Would love to see how it turns out.

Anu Nandu said...

Hi Nate and Annie,

Thanks for stopping by my blog - I'll be sending my entry your way soon.

I'm so glad to have bumped into your wonderful space here - and my eyes and mouse went straight to tofu - as it is one of my fav ingredients.

This looks absolutely fabulous...I want to just dig in. Yummy!