Tahu Lada Hitam - Tofu in Black Pepper Sauce

5.0 from 13 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 40 mins

Serves: 4


  • Fried tofu
  • 1 block firm tofu (450 gram/1 lb), cut into bite-size cubes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 red Fresno chilies, remove seeds and diced
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock/water
  • cornstarch slurry (1 teaspoon cornstarch + 1 teaspoon water), mixed well
  • Garnish
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


  • Fried tofu
    1. Mix water, garlic, and salt in a mixing bowl. Marinate tofu cubes in this solution for 20 minutes.
    2. Heat 3 tablespoon oil in a non-stick frying pan on medium heat, fry tofu cubes until all sides are golden brown. If you prefer to deep fry the tofu, you can do so as well. Set aside.
  • Black pepper sauce
    1. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a wok over medium-high high. Sauté garlic, onion, and red chilies until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    2. Season with oyster sauce, sweet soy sauce, sugar, black pepper, and salt. Mix well.
    3. Pour chicken stock and cook until boiling, then add the cornstarch slurry and cook for 1 minute, or until the sauce is thick.
    4. Add fried tofu cubes and toss gently to coat. Turn off the heat, garnish with scallions, and serve immediately with steamed white rice.

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