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Mun Tahu - Braised Tofu and Ground Chicken

An easy recipe to prepare mun tahu, a Chinese Indonesian braised silken tofu dish, with ground chicken, drenched in thick savory garlic ginger sauce.

Mun tahu is a classic Chinese Indonesian braised silken tofu dish, with ground chicken/pork/beef (or roughly chopped shrimp), drenched in thick savory garlic ginger sauce. This dish is what I make when I need to prepare something quick and I don’t want a lot of fuss, because I can be very happy with a bowl of rice and mun tahu. If you love tofu, you are going to love this dish. Or if you don’t love tofu, maybe this can be the dish to convince you otherwise.

Mun Tahu - Braised Tofu and Ground Chicken

A Chinese Indonesian Tofu Dish

Mun tahu literally means braised tofu, originally a Hakka Chinese dish, but is now widely enjoyed by many Indonesian. You can still order mun tahu from many old established Chinese restaurants in Jakarta. Ground chicken and chopped shrimps are probably the two most popular choice of meat to go with mun tahu, though you can also order them with ground pork or ground beef. I think of mun tahu as the non spicy version of mapo tofu. In fact, I would argue most Indonesians are more familiar with mun tahu compared to mapo tofu.

Mun Tahu - Braised Tofu and Ground Chicken

A bowl of silky tofu goodness

The star of mun tahu is definitely the tofu. Try to stick to silken variety if you can. It is now very easy to find tofu in my neighborhood groceries, though the grocery nearest to my house for some reason only stock extra firm variety. For silken tofu, I am still forced to make a special trip to Asian market. But I found out that Amazon now carries Mori-Nu tofu, and the silken tofu from Mori-Nu is a no brainer for this dish. If you prepare a lot of tofu dishes like me, you may also want to grab the firm tofu and extra firm tofu. Not having to stash my tofu in refrigerator is such a revelation, since I am definitely that lady who fills her shopping cart with a dozen blocks of tofu in one trip, and later have to sacrifice half a shelf in the fridge just for tofu.

Mun Tahu - Braised Tofu and Ground Chicken

Something extra in the broth

The next little secret to make a great mun tahu lies in the stock. It is true you can make an okay mun tahu with water, but if you use chicken stock, or even Japanese dashi stock if that’s what you have, you are going to have an amazing mun tahu. I would say that even if all you have in your kitchen is some stock granules instead of the real deal, you should still go for it. Only in last resort should one prepare mun tahu with water.

Mun Tahu - Braised Tofu and Ground Chicken

Originally published on June 16, 2014. Updated on March 11, 2019 with new photos.

Mun Tahu - Braised Tofu and Ground Chicken


5.0 from 7 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

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Ingredients:

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih), minced
  • 1 inch ginger, thinly sliced
  • 250 gram ground chicken
  • 2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chicken stock/broth (or Japanese dashi, or water)
  • 1 block (340 gram) of silken tofu, cut into small cubes
  • corn starch liquid (1 tablespoon corn starch + 2 tablespoon water)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a frying pan/wok and sauté garlic and ginger until fragrant.
  2. Add ground chicken, stir and cook until no longer pink.
  3. Season with fish sauce, oyster sauce, ground white pepper, sugar, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Pour water, stir to mix well, and bring to a boil.
  5. Add tofu cubes and mix well. Once it boils again, thicken the sauce with corn starch liquid.
  6. Turn off heat, add the sliced scallions and sesame oil. Mix well, then transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with steamed white rice.

Comments

  • Pearl says:

    Your recipes look so delicious!! I want to browse by category but it only organizes the posts in the order you created them. Really wish I could search the site this way!

  • Leslie says:

    MaEE this for the 2nd time tonight...and loved it. So easy, simple and delicious. Thank you...can't wait to cook more of your recipes..... :)

    • Anita says:

      Hi Leslie, I am so happy you love it :)

  • Lindawati says:

    I made this last night, follow your instruction 100% and the dish was absolutely delicious! Usually I always find something is missing when I follow a recipe, but not with yours. Thank you for the recipes, I cannot wait to try your other recipes.

    • Anita says:

      Thank you for the kind words. I hope you will like my other recipes as well.

  • Pam Greer says:

    Oh, I've never had this before, but it sounds absolutely delicious! I think I would like it with shrimp.

    • Anita says:

      Good idea Pam! My hubby also loves the shrimp version. :)

  • Julie Carlyle says:

    What a delicious looking dish and so healthy. I have it bookmarked to make. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Valentina says:

    This sounds so delicious. I don't think I've tried anything like it and I'm intrigued. Bookmarking for a dinner soon. It doesn't get much better than garlic + ginger!

    • Anita says:

      Another garlic & ginger lover! I'm sure we love similar food Valentina. :)

  • Chichi says:

    This recipe looks amazing. Bookmarked to make it.

  • Luci says:

    This looks so good. Perfect for the cool weather I'm having.

  • Caroline says:

    Hi, thanks for the recipe. I think it will be great if you update in recipe section that using broth is better option than just water. Because I think many people will just jump to the recipe without reading the story above. The recipe section only writes water instead of broth.

    • Anita says:

      Good idea Caroline. I have updated the recipe :)

  • Betty says:

    Hi Anita, thank you soooo much for this recipe. I have made it following your recipe and it tastes exactly like how my mom used to make it. It tastes like home. It was also a big hit at our home. Hubby and kids absolutely love it. I am a chinese indonesian living in Europe and so happy to find your blog. Your recipes are very clear and reliable. I can now make a lot of dishes myself when I am homesick. Thank you soooooo much! Greeting from Holland.

    • Anita says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment Betty. This makes me so happy. I hope you will have fun recreating dishes that remind you of home and Mom. :)

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