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Fried Tofu Sandwiches

Fried Tofu Sandwiches

So called this is a sandwich, but the spread is neither mayonnese with egg nor butter with ham, instead it is ground beef filled in tofu slices. Making the fried sandwiches is more or less the same as usual sandwiches only that the tofu have to be coated by egg wash and cooked by pan frying.

For this recipe, I had taken some ugly pictures before which once made me turn off this post. When I come to prepare this dish again, I follow a strategy in mind that I should cook only a portion of the ingredients ahead of our meal. Doing so, I need not rush to cope with the dinner as well as to quickly complete taking a few shots while the dish is still hot. What a simple issue yet I haven’t realized it in the first place!

Previously I picked one picture between two. This time, I short-list five among the thirty shots but am still hesitated on which NOT to show. Greedily, here comes two of them (top one and below). So choices do matter, right?

Fried Tofu Sandwiches

  • Ingredients
  • 4 pcs firm tofu ~400g
  • 50g ground beef
  • 4 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp soy or fish sauce depending on the dipping sauce used
  • The fried sandwiches are to be served hot with dipping sauces like vinegar, soy sauce, chilli sauce, sweet-and-sour sauce. If the dipping sauce you choose is not salty at all, then it is better to add in a little bit more soy or fish sauce in the egg wash.

  • Seasonings for beef
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp oil
  • some finely chopped spring onion


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Season beef and mix well. Pat dry tofu, and cut them into slices (about 1 cm) of either rectangular or triangular shape, but every two pieces should come in pair. To make the tofu surface sticky to the filling, sprinkle some corn starch on them, then, similar to making sandwiches, evenly spread a thin layer of the minced beef on one piece of tofu and cover it with another one. Give a light press to make sure the tofu glued well with the meat.

Beat egg and add in soy or fish sauce. Dust on sandwiched tofu a thin layer of corn starch and bath it in the beaten egg. As soon as a tofu sandwich is coated with the corn starch and egg wash, do fry them IMMEDIATELY. Or, the coating will be diluted by water exuded from the tofu.
Fried Tofu Sandwiches

Heat about four table spoons of oil in a wok or skillet over low heat and fried the tofu until golden brown. Using this pan frying method should require several careful turns of the tofu to ensure every surface is evenly fried. Serve hot with your preferred dipping sauce(s). For most of the time, my choice is just to sprinkle ground sea salt and chili powder on the fried tofu. Enjoy.

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  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Talking about the creativity! I love soya…and its products. Will try the recipe next time when I get some Tofu.

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  2. Divina

    Those are gorgeous photos. This will be loved by my family.

  3. The Klutzy Cook

    Wow. I love the idea of using the tofu as a sandwich. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Alta

    I have never really prepared tofu much, but these look delicious.

  5. Angelia McGowan

    These look very delicious, and how creative!

  6. ravenouscouple

    great use of tofu as the “bread” !

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  8. MaryMoh

    Love tofu & this looks so good….mmmmm. I can imagine every bite of it.

  9. shaz

    Great photos! I love tofu and these look very tasty, I could eat a lot of it I’m sure!

  10. SpicieFoodie

    This sounds really good. I love tofu but don’t really know what to do with it or how to cook it except for a few ways, so thanks for sharing this. Also I have the same problems you mentioned with taking photos of the dishes and rushing. So again thanks for the obvious tip:)), it hadn’t dawned on me either lol….

  11. Krissy @ The Food Addicts

    I love eating tofu. Your version looks delicious and your picture really captures that spark! Thank you for your generous comments on our blog. We’ll definitely be back to check out some of your recipes since we love Asian food!

  12. Buckeroomama

    I remember my grandmother making a version of these… except that instead of slicing them all the way, she makes slits and stuffs the fillings inside the tofu “pockets”… 🙂

  13. TasteHongKong

    Hi Angie, Divina, Klutzy Cook, Alta, Angelia, ravenouscouple, MaryMoh, shaz,
    Thanks for all your comments, kind comments indeed.

    SpicieFoodie, Glad that you love the so-called ‘tip’.

    Krissy, Welcome back soon.

    Buckeroomama, It does require some good skills to slit a pocket in tofu yet maintaining it in good shape. Skillful is your grandma.

  14. lululu

    wow, such a wonderful creation!!!! hv never associated tofu with sandwich!
    this looks delicious!
    thx for stopping by my blog, let’s keep in touch!
    btw, i love your photos!

  15. Anna

    That is a really nice way to use tofu, it looks delicious.

  16. Jessica Lee Binder

    I love the idea. The possibilities are endless.

  17. Cheap Ethnic Eatz

    Brilliant, how creative as a bread substitute.

  18. Geoffrey Wu

    THis is absolutely brilliant — will definitely try this. Keep it going and loving your blog!

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  19. Patty

    Hello! I am steadily going through some of your older posts and just came across this one! AMAZING! You have some incredible ideas! Tofu sandwiches? That is amazing and delicious. We love tofu, so will definitely try this at home soon! Thank you for sharing!

  20. mochachocolatarita

    i love how you called these babies “sandwich”
    😀 brilliant idea!

  21. Joy

    this looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g .. I want it in my belly NOW!!

  22. milkitchen

    So creative! Can’r wait to try this recipe!

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  24. superbadkitty

    Thank you very much for this recipe and the brilliant photos. Can’t imagine ugly photos from you – all the photos I’ve seen so far have been stunning! I feel like trying every recipe because they all look so good lol. This will be the first one I’ll try – I love the sandwich concept. Very clever!

  25. TasteHongKong

    You may want to serve this with some ground sea salt and chili powder on the fried tofu, enjoy!

  26. superbadkitty

    Ooh, sounds very nice! Thank you!

  27. George Hill

    Thanks for the suggestions. Just tried your suggestions on frying firm Tofu, adding the salt and a little Romanoff Caviar with egg-beaters to create a rather nice omlet. Thanks

  28. TasteHongKong

    @George Hill,
    Sounds great!