Pindang Tahu Goreng - Fried Tofu in Spicy Broth

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Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 4


  • 500 ml water
  • 5 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah), thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih), thinly sliced
  • 3 red cayenne chilies (Indonesian: cabe merah keriting), thinly sliced
  • 1 inch ginger (Indonesian: jahe), bruised
  • 1/2 inch galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas), bruised
  • 1/2 inch turmeric (Indonesian: kunyit), bruised
  • 1 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), bruised and knotted
  • 1 bay leaf (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 2 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 10 deep fried tofu (Indonesian: tahu goreng), cut each into two triangles
  • 5 green bird eye chilies (Indonesian: cabe rawit hijau)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind liquid (1 teaspoon tamarind + 1 tablespoon water), remove pulp and pits


  1. Boil together water, shallot, garlic, cayenne chili, ginger, galangal, turmeric, lemongrass, bay leaf, and sweet soy sauce in a pan.
  2. Add tofu and bird eye chilies, season with salt and sugar. Cook until the liquid is reduced by half.
  3. Add tamarind liquid and mix well, adjust seasoning as needed. Turn off heat, transfer to a serving plate and serve with steamed white rice.

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