Tahu Goreng Bumbu Kuning - Turmeric and Spiced Fried Tofu

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Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Total Time: 1 hour 45 mins

Serves: 4


  • 750 ml (3 cups) water
  • 2 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), bruised and knotted
  • 2 Indonesian bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (Indonesian: bubuk ketumbar)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder (Indonesian: bubuk kunyit)
  • 2 blocks firm tofu (about 800 gram total weight), cut each block into 8 pieces
  • enough oil for deep frying
  • Spice paste (grind the following together)
  • 75 gram shallot (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 4 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 6 candlenuts (Indonesian: kemiri)
  • 1 inch galangal (Indonesian: lengkuas)


  1. Combine water, lemongrass, bay leaves, salt, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and spice paste in a wok. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add tofu pieces into the wok, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until all the liquid is gone.
  3. Place the tofu into a strainer and make sure they are completely dry before deep frying (or pan frying) to reduce splatter.
  4. To deep fry: heat enough oil in a wok/pot for deep frying over medium heat. Once the oil is hot enough, deep fry tofu until golden brown. Strain to remove excess oil. Serve hot.
  5. To pan fry: heat 3 tablespoon oil in a non-stick frying pan (or a well seasoned cast iron skillet) over medium heat. Pan fry tofu until all sides are golden brown. Serve hot.

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