homemade tofu

Homemade tofu is pretty simple to make if you have soyabean milk (unsweetened), egg white, salt and full cream evaporated milk (Ideal Milk). Just mix the ingredients together (according to the recipe, of course) and you will get silken tofu after steaming the same. In fact, the silken tofu can be as smooth and silky as those sold commercially.

Once you have made the tofu, the topping is pretty much up to your creativity. My wife stirred up four ingredients together and I decided to name them Mini Treasures just to add a little glamour to an otherwise simple home cooked meal.

This is my wife’s recipe for Homemade Tofu with Mini Treasures


Ingredients (Tofu)

  • 400 ml soyabean milk (preferably unsweetened)
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 150 ml full cream evaporated milk (we used Ideal Milk)


Ingredients (Mini Treasures)

  • 10 pieces prawns (shelled and cut into small pieces)
  • 2 pieces shiitake mushrooms (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 piece black fungus (pre-soaked and cut into thin strips)
  • 3 pieces of crabstick (cut into small pieces)
  • 4 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
  • 1 tablespoon palm oil


Seasoning (Mini Treasures)

  • ½ tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon light soya sauce
  • white pepper powder to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chinese cooking wine
  • warm water
  • Potato starch (to thicken)



Mix tofu ingredients together and whisk slowly and gently and try not to create too much froth. Strain the mixture with a fine strainer to remove bubbles. Pour mixture onto a suitable plate / bowl for steaming.

Meanwhile, heat oil in wok and sauté the garlic till aromatic. Add mushrooms, prawns and black fungus and stir well for at least 1 minute. Add oyster sauce, light soya sauce, white pepper powder and salt and a little water to keep the mixture moist. Cook for another 2 minutes or so, add chinese cooking wine whilst stirring and finally add potato starch to thicken the gravy. Remove and set aside.

Steam tofu mixture for 2 minutes on moderate heat. Open lid and spread crabstick pieces over the tofu (the upper part should begin to harden by now). Close lid and continue steaming for another 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove tofu from steamer and spread Mini Treasures over the top. Serve hot.



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  1. 1
    June 20th, 2007 at 6:09 pm


    Love your recipies blog. It gives me lotsa inspirations and ideas whenever I run out of idea what to cook.
    Just love your tofu recipie as I’m quite vary of those selling outside as I have no idea what are the ingredients.
    Thanks again and pls keep up the good work!!!

  2. 2
    June 21st, 2007 at 4:40 am

    Wow, you made your own tofu….wah wah wah! I din know tofu can be made this way. Awesome.

  3. 3
    The Cooking Ninja
    June 21st, 2007 at 6:15 am

    wow! so good and delicious.

  4. 4
    June 22nd, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    FLo : Hey! Thanks for coming by and I am glad to know that you are finding the recipes useful 🙂 Your feedback is motivating!

    tigerfish : My wife made 😉 Yeah, it is awesome indeed and I ate about 3/4 of the bowl of tofu up there.

    Cooking Ninja : I don’t suppose you can get unsweetened soya bean milk in Nantes, huh?

  5. 5
    June 25th, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Do you think I can substitute evaporated milk with cream or just plain milk?

  6. 6
    June 25th, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    alice : Honestly, I have not tried it with cream or plain milk. My gut feeling tells me it might not turn out right. If you want to try, I suggest you scale down the amount of ingredients in proportionate ratios so that you won’t waste a lot if it does not work.

  7. 7
    Suet Yin
    May 4th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    hi pablopabla, I’m a student studying oversea here in Moscow Russia. Honestly, it’s difficult to find Msia food here, so this homemade tofu really enlightened my dinner =) I have tried this recipe and it’s really a great one. Thanks for your entry. Oh ya, as I couldn’t find evaporated milk here yet, I tried it with plain milk, it works! =) – this is the post I wrote about it =D

  8. 8
    May 5th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Suet Yin : I am glad you had the courage to experiment with this recipe and found it nice. Now you can have tofu as often as you want in Moscow 😀

  9. 9
    August 6th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    my children loves tofu. I havent tried this before but will sure not miss doing it before christmas.

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