Orek Tahu Tauco - Tofu in Spicy Soy Bean Sauce

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Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 45 mins

Serves: 4


  • Fried tofu cubes
  • 2 firm tofu blocks (about 400 gram), cut each block into 12-16 pieces
  • salt
  • all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoon oil
  • Other ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 75 gram shallot (Indonesian: bawang merah), thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih), minced
  • 2 Indonesian bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam), optional
  • 1 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), white part only, thinly sliced
  • 1 inch galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas), bruised
  • 1 jalapeno chili (Indonesian: cabe hijau besar), seeded and sliced
  • 1 fresno chili (Indonesian: cabe merah besar), seeded and sliced
  • 5 tablespoon salted soy sauce (Indonesian: tauco)
  • 3 tablespoon Indonesian sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup water


  • Fried tofu cubes
    1. Sprinkle tofu cubes with salt and dust each with all purpose flour.
    2. Heat oil in a frying pan (non stick or a well seasoned cast iron skillet) on medium heat, fry tofu cubes until all sides are golden brown. Set aside.
  • Orek tahu tauco (Tofu in spicy soy bean sauce)
    1. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. Sauté shallot, garlic, Indonesian bay leaves, lemongrass, and galangal until fragrant. About 3 minutes.
    2. Add sliced jalapeno and fresno along with salted soy sauce. Cook for 1 minute.
    3. Add fried tofu cubes, Indonesian sweet soy sauce, salt, sugar, ground pepper, and water. Mix well. Cook until the sauce is reduced.
    4. Turn off heat and serve immediately.

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