Claypot Braised Tofu with Seafood


Growing up, one of my brother’s favorite dishes to order at tze char stalls is seafood tofu on a hotplate. It is absolutely delicious, but we don’t have a hotplate at home, so claypot it is. It is slightly different, but this is how my grandmother does it at home now, and it is equally good.


  • 1/2 onion, cut into 8
  • 2 carrots, cut into 1″ pieces, then half each piece lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 block firm tofu, cut into 1″ by 1/2″ pieces
  • 4 sticks surimi crab stick, cut in 1/2
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • dash of white pepper powder
  • salt for seasoning


In a bowl, mix water, oyster sauce, soy sauce and a dash of white pepper powder together.

Add the onions, carrots and sauce mix from above in a sauce pan or claypot.

Heat the ingredients to a boil, and let simmer for about 20 minutes.

In a heated pan, add oil, and fry the tofu on each side until each piece is golden brown.

Add the fried tofu pieces and surimi crab sticks in the sauce pan/claypot and let simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes.



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