today I'd like to give you another vegetarian recipe , a speciality from Kudus, the city I once lived for at least 4 years in Indonesia. You can also make it vegan if you skip the egg.
The dish is called "Tahu telur" or often also called "Lontong tahu telur" as it's eaten with lontong, a compressed rice cake wrapped with banana leaf.
Since banana leaf is rather expensive here in Europe and my banana tree is dead (It has already survived 2 winter but somehow this summer it just doesn't sprout again), so now I can only enjoy it with steamed rice.
One can also cook lontong using plastic wrap, but I just don't like it.
Lontong in plastic wrap doesn't really taste as good anyway, so I rather not do it.
This dish would often also served with "Gimbal Udang" = shrimp fritters. In Andalusia there is also a similar one with "Gimbal udang", it's called "Tortillitas de Camarones".
The only difference is just that the Andalusian one would use batter of wheat flour; chickpea flour; water; onion (alternatively shallot or scallion); parsley; shrimp; salt and pepper, whereas "Gimbal Udang" would use batter of wheat flour; rice flour; water/coconut milk; garlic; spring onion/chives; salt and either pepper or coriander.
Both taste wondeful. ^_^
However yesterday I just had no shrimp and rather lazy too to make the shrimp fritters, so I just decided to make this a vegetarian menu. :-D
These are the ingredients needed for the recipe:
- a block of tofu, diced
- 1-2 eggs (optional)
- 100 g roast peanut
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp lime juice
- 50 ml hot water
- chili (optional)
- 3-4 tbsp sweet soy sauce
-chopped celery for garnish
-shredded cabbage or soya bean sprouts (raw)
- petis udang = shrimp paste (optional)
If you're neither vegan nor vegetarian, you can buy "petis udang" at amazon. It looks like this:
1. Stir well 2 eggs in a bowl as if you want to make an omelette out of them, then put the diced tofu in the bowl and mix them slowly to make sure that the diced tofu are not damaged. Then fry the diced tofu and the eggs together.
2. Grind well the garlic, salt, chili (and perhaps 'petis udang') and then crush the roast peanuts using mortar. The peanuts need not to be ground thoroughly, a little bit rough/coarse is fine. It's best if you can still have the crunchy texture, that's why in this case using mortar is better than food processor.
3. Add the sweet soy sauce, pour the hot water and lime juice in the mixture. Now the peanut sauce is ready and can be mixed with the fried tofu and eggs.
If you don't have sweet soy sauce, you can replace it with normal dark soy sauce and add 2 tbsp of molasses or 50 g of palm sugar.
4. Scoop some rice and put it on the plate. Arrange the fried tofu with eggs on the rice plate, garnish it with cabbage and chopped celery then pour some peanut sauce on it.
I feel that 1 chili wasn't tasty enough for me so I add some chopped rawit chilis for my own portion. ^_^
Since I had no shrimp fritters so I served it with "kerupuk udang" (shrimp chip) instead.
It's very simple, isn't it? It doesn't take much time to cook it either.
Have a nice try and hope you would like the taste as well. My hubby likes it a lot. ;-)
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