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Tahu Tumis Tauco - Tofu in Bean Paste Sauce

Tauco (bean paste sauce) is one of my must have pantry ingredient. It is commonly used in both Indonesian and Chinese dishes. It elevates any regular stir fry into something more. You can easily add a tablespoon or two to your trusted stir fry recipes, but remember to adjust for saltiness since this is salty by nature. If you have no idea what tauco is, this salted soy beans from Yeo is the one I use here in the United States. My local asian groceries carry them, so if your house is close to one, buying from brick and mortar store is usually cheaper than online.

Tahu Tumis Tauco - Tofu in Bean Paste Sauce
Tahu Tumis Tauco - Tofu in Bean Paste Sauce

Tahu Tumis Tauco - Tofu in Bean Paste Sauce

5.0 from 3 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 25 mins

Serves: 4

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  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 red fresno chilies, remove seeds and diced
  • 10 gram dried wood ear mushrooms, rehydrated in warm water, roughly chopped (*)
  • 1 block firm tofu (about 400 gram), cut into bite size cubes
  • 2 tablespoon salted soy beans (Indonesian: tauco)
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch + 1 teaspoon water, mix well
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


  1. Heat oil in a wok/frying pan on medium high, sauté onion, garlic, and chilies until fragrant. About 3 minutes.
  2. Add wood ear mushrooms and tofu. Mix well.
  3. Add salted soy beans, oyster sauce, sweet soy sauce, and ground white pepper. Mix well.
  4. Add water, mix well. Bring to a boil. Thicken the sauce with corn starch solution, cook for 1 minute.
  5. Turn off heat, transfer to a serving plate and garnish with sliced scallions.


  • (*) You can also use 75 gram fresh wood ear mushrooms.
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  • Willy Probert Willy Probert says:

    Anita, your recipes are outstanding!!! I love tofu, grew up with it and have missed the delicious dishes our "kokkie" used to make. I have looked for a tahu/tempeh recipe made with tautjo for at least 5 yrs and I am thrilled to have found your website. Thank you!

    • Anita Anita says:

      I hope you will like this recipe Willy. Having your own kokkie must have been nice :)

  • Hope Lin Hope Lin says:

    I haven't had this for way too long that it had almost forgotten. I made this last night and all the childhood memories flooded through. Thanks, Anita. PS. Yeo's is definitely much better than chinese brands.

    • Anita Anita says:

      You are welcome, Hope. I think it is a matter of growing up with which kind of tauco. I think Indonesian, Singaporean, and Malaysian will probably be more partial to Yeo's than Chinese ones :)

  • Imelda Imelda says:

    Love it! I fried my tofu first, but otherwise, following the recipe as is.

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