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Monday, July 8, 2013

Steamed Tofu Topped with a Minced Meat "Cookie"

Steamed Tofu Topped with a Minced Meat "Cookie"So most Chinese families have their own recipe for "minced meat cookie". It's essentially just ground meat that's been steamed with seasonings and maybe some preserved veggies. Usually the meat is pork and usually it's not really ground pork, but pork loin that's been "chopped" up with a butcher's knife into what looks like ground pork - kinda like tartare texture. I love this stuff. I grew up eating this stuff.

I also love steamed tofu with just sesame oil, ginger, green onions and soy sauce. It's very basic and very yummy. K loves it. And he loves the meat cookie (as long as it's my mom who makes it for him). I decided to just combine the two. I did leave out the green onions though since my sister doesn't like green onions. Oh well. K didn't notice cuz he was too tired to stay up for dinner. Rofl. No worries. He did have a lot of fruit before going to bed. Lol...silly guy. :)


Steamed Tofu Topped with a Minced Meat "Cookie"
(serves 2)

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 lb lean ground pork 
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce 
  • 1/4 tsp sugar 
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 inch ginger knob, minced
  • 1 350g pkg soft or medium tofu

Directions:
  1. In a medium bowl, combine everything together except the tofu. Marinate 30 minutes on the counter or overnight in the fridge.
  2. Drain and rinse the tofu. Slice the block into 1/2" thick pieces. Layer on the bottom of a shallow bowl or a plate with high sides. There'll be lots of water coming out of the tofu and meat, so you'll need a dish with sides at least 1 1/2" high. 
  3. Pick off tablespoon size pieces of the marinated minced meat and dot the tops of the tofu. (If you just spread it on, you'll break/tear the tofu.)
  4. Set a steamer rack on the bottom of a large pot or wok with enough water so that the dish is suspended above the water surface. Bring water to boil. 
  5. Place dish on the steam rack. Cover and cook for 20 minutes on medium low heat.
  6. Serve with a side of rice and some steamed or stirfry veggies.