5 Ingredient Recipe: Street-style Crispy Fried Tofu

The tahu goreng is a fried tofu dish that’s crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Simple, filling, and incredibly cheap, it’s usually sold on the street in eight beautifully fried pieces topped with fresh green bird’s eye chilies.

Growing up, I was not a fan of tofu. The only tofu I ate as a kid was the taho or the Philippine snack of warm silken tofu pudding with tapioca pearls and sugar syrup.

Even as I started cooking and eating out, my experience with tofu remained limited until I tasted the tahu goreng or fried tofu that’s sold in the city streets of Jakarta.

Popular and inexpensive here in Indonesia, the tahu goreng is a fried tofu dish that’s crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Simple, filling, and incredibly cheap, it’s usually sold on the street in eight beautifully fried pieces topped with fresh green bird’s eye chilies to add a bite to it. Loaded with protein, iron, and calcium, this one is one of my street-food favorites.

Here’s my version which you can easily make at home. I hope the “non-tofu loving” people will enjoy this snack as much as I do and turn you into a “tofu-convert.”

If fresh green chilies might be too extreme for you, try substitution with sweet chili sauce, fresh salsa, or even aioli.

5 Ingredient Recipe: Street-style Crispy Fried Tofu

5 Ingredient Recipe: Street-style Crispy Fried Tofu
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