Steamed silken tofu with prawn 蝦仁滑豆腐

One of my store cupboard essential is this instant tofu pack. It is very handy when I need silken tofu quickly. Great for steaming. This tofu is very soft not suitable for frying.

One of my favourite use of this tofu is steamed savoury tofu with prawn or minced beef.

Once steamed the tofu texture is very smooth and silky like custard or egg tofu you find in a tube from Chinese supermarket. For this recipe,

1 packet of instant tofu
handful of raw shelled prawn
about 1 tbsp of light soy
about 2 tsp of sesame oil
1/2 tsp of cornflour
pinch of pepper
pinch of sugar

about 1 tbsp of chopped ginger
about 1 stalk of spring onion
a bit more sesame oil and soy sauce


  1. Follow the packet instruction boil the soya milk and add the coagulant, pour this straight into a deep dish, cover and leave to set and cool.
  2. Marinate the prawn.
  3. Set the steamer on, steam the tofu only for about 6 - 8 minutes till the tofu is hot, use a piece of kitchen towel to absorb any moisture on top of tofu so the sauce is not too watery. Discard paper.
  4. Spread the prawn on top and steam for about 4 - 5 minutes till prawn is cooked or turned milky and pink.
  5. Spread on ginger and spring onion. Drizzle with a bit more sesame oil and light soy on top if you like. Ready to eat

* You can sub prawn with minced lean beef.


  1. Gosh - what an AMAZING blog! I'd KILL for that tofu - many thanks for sharing so freely, i look forward to trying the recipes.

  2. Mum used to use that packet to make Dou-Fu Fah when we were little! Delicious! So smooth and silky!

  3. It's a nice convenient food but getting quite expensive. Better price in JapanCentre (London), they sometime have it on offer too.

  4. Yeah, Mum would stock up on packets of the stuff from London. She hasn't made it for years.

    JapanCentre (London) - was that a shopping centre with chinese restaurants and a supermarket? I think that later became known as Oriental City. Either way it closed in June 2008.

    Alternatives would be Wing Yip in Cricklewood.

    Have you tried making your own tofu? Apparently, my husband's mum would make it at home with a cloth and sieve - no fancy square tofu moulds.

  5. JapanCentre is in Piccadilly, walking distance from China Town in London. Oriental City has been closed for ages, it used to be a Japanese store called Yaohan Plaza.

    I made my own tofu, recipe on the blog.

    I also make my own tofu fa, will post the recipe later.


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