Leek with Fragrant Tofu

Pork, Tofu, Vegetable November 16th, 2007

leek tofu

At certain markets in Malaysia, you can get yellow-coloured tofu (firm type) which I believe has been given a boost with kunyit powder thus making it aromatic and flavourful. This type of tofu can be fried and eaten on its own but one great way of cooking it is to pair it with leek and minced pork. The combination of sweet tasting leek, slightly salted minced pork and aromatic tofu makes this dish a favourite for many.

Cooking is also pretty simple and does not require a lot of work. Prepare the 3 main ingredients and you are ready to cook. Give this dish a try if you can get yourself to the ingredients.

This is the recipe for Leek with Fragrant Tofu



  • 2 pieces yellow-coloured firm tofu
  • 1 stalk leek (cut into small pieces)
  • 50 grammes or more minced pork
  • 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 250 ml warm water
  • Corn starch (mix 1 teaspoon corn flour with 50 ml water)
  • 3 tablespoons palm / peanut oil



  • 2 teaspoons light soya sauce
  • a couple of dashes of white pepper powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce



Heat oil in wok and fry tofu till lightly browned. Remove and set aside to cool. Cut tofu into smaller pieces.

Allow approximately 1 or 2 teaspoons of cooking oil to remain in the wok whilst removing the rest. Saute garlic and minced pork together. Once garlic starts to brown, add leek and tofu and stir fry for about 1 minute before adding water and seasoning.

Cover with lid and allow water to reduce. Stir in a little bit of cornstarch before dishing up.


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  1. 1
    lilian aka 5xmom
    November 16th, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Tiu lor, this blog oso kena ah? Sei G! Chialat. Kehkehekeh, I come to check recipe and also spy yr PR.

  2. 2
    November 16th, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    lilian : Yeah, semua down to omellettes. But not that I am overly concerned about it. To tell the truth, I did not sell a single text link ad on this site but also kena fried. Nevertheless, I love my rss subscribers and readers more than Ah G.

  3. 3
    November 16th, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    This is a kind of dish that even without much gravy like chicken curry – still remains a favorite with steamed rice. Yum!

  4. 4
    rasa malaysia
    November 18th, 2007 at 2:43 am

    Pablo, still trying to get the pix, raining non-stop in Penang sis said…but should be this weekend.

    Aiyo, this is my ultimate favorite homey dish. I recently had this in Goh Huat Seng in Penang, my fav restaurant, OMG, I think I figured out their secret ingredients…they added dried sole fish (pee hu) bits in the sauce…it really makes a huge difference. I am going to redo this dish again, you wait for my recipe. 🙂

  5. 5
    November 19th, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    This is the only dish that makes me eat leek, seriously! When we usually had it at home we added some small prawns. 😀

  6. 6
    November 20th, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    tigerfish & rasa malaysia : Aw! You both like this homey dish. Come to KL and let me treat you both to a home cooked meal. LOL!

    Jo : Ah yes, the prawns will further enhance the dish. 😀

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