Steamed Shrimp and Salted Egg Tofu 老少平安

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I first had this dish in a fancy restaurant where they used a pork paste on top of the tofu. I figured that the pork and salted egg went well, but was a little too similar, and figured that shrimp will give everything a different burst of freshness, and a different dimension, since seafood always has a refreshing sea-aroma to it.

This is also somewhat adapted from my late grandfather’s favorite tofu dish – just cold tofu with scallions, fried shallots, garlic oil and soy sauce. If you like something simple yet yummy, this is totally for you.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 block tofu, cut into four squares
  • 8-10 large shrimp, deveined and shelled
  • [optional] 1 salted egg yolk, quartered
  • a pinch of salt and white pepper powder
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • scallions for garnish

Directions
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Mince the shrimps until the shrimp pieces are tiny. Add salt, white pepper powder and garlic, and continue mincing until a paste-like consistency is formed (the salt helps.)

Divide the shrimp meat into four portions, and place one portion on top of a piece of tofu.

[optional] Place a quarter of the salted egg yolk in the middle of the shrimp paste.

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Steam the tofu in a steamer for 6 to 8 minutes, until the shrimp paste is cooked.

Pour out the liquid from the tofu, then drizzle the soy sauce and sesame oil over the tofu.

Garnish with chopped scallions and serve.

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