Monday, December 3, 2012

Chinese Tofu Soup

One of those days, in fact the day I dined on my own. I think I have told you before on this me and cooking a meal for myself only when my other half-half is away (Baked Lemon Chicken)? Of course, I do have a choice of eating out, but, the thought of it? Finding parking and then deciding what to eat or what to pack back seemingly sometimes is more confusing and stress leading compared to returning home and grabbing whatever ingredients I have for cooking a simple meal. Of course, a meal in a jiffy or I don't have to really slog in my kitchen (Onion Soup, Thai Carrot Soup, Tomato Spinach Soup & Chinese Vegetarian Noodle Soup). I think I have also told you that I make sure my pantry and fridge are usually stocked up? So, back home, whatever ingredients that will jive and balance together for my meal. Soups of course are the easiest (Vegetarian Chinese Winter Melon Soup)?

Another anything will do like fried rice (Chinese Fried Rice)? Of course, its subjective to the type of soups you make (Chicken Wanton Soup), but let just say that generally, nothing really complicated (Turmeric Tomato Soup)? Still, what can be different to Chinese soups or even those easily put together Chinese dishes? Either stir frying over high heat or simmering or steaming (Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish, Egg Foo Young & Tea Eggs)? And who said there's no such a thing as Chinese vegetarian soup (Vegetarian Chow Mein)? What went into this Chinese Tofu Soup. The two key ingredients - tofu (Indian Tofu Curry, Spinach Tofu Soup & Tofu Scrambled Eggs) and mushrooms (Mushroom Veggie Burger & Mushroom Rolls), and the rest, green peas and those ingredients listed below. Butter and vegetable stock as well for enlivening a basic soup like this Chinese Tofu Soup.

5 large button mushrooms – slice
1 square piece white hard tofu – sliced into medium size pieces 
1 cup green peas
1 tbsp unsalted butter
5 garlic –chopped
½ liter vegetable stock
Coriander leaves for garnishing
Salt and pepper to taste

When butter is heated (add 1 tbsp of oil if you like) and fry garlic till crispy and brown.
Remove and keep aside.
In the same pot, pour stock and let it simmer.
Once heated through, add mushroom, tofu, and season with salt and pepper
As soon as soup starts to simmer, off the heat and add green peas.
Do not over boil - to prevent tofu and mushroom from over cooking.
Give a gentle stir.
Garnish with coriander leaves and fried garlic before serving.


  1. hi Nava, i can never resist mushrooms and will try your recipe using western herbs.they look delicious especially during the current rainy seasons.

  2. sorry to hear about your horrific experience.

    Gosh they are very daring as it was in broad daylight . Moreover there were workers loading your car. They are not scared at all.

  3. Am glad you were not harmed.

    Love this comfort soup that you have shared. I love tofu and mushrooms! Which green peas do you use?

  4. Oh Nava! I'm so, so sorry that this happened to you! Being robbed cause make you feel so vulnerable. You might want to go talk to someone professionally to help deal with the stress. You don't want to be afraid to go home! Sounds like you did everything right though and everything that was taken can be replaced, although it's a pain :)

  5. Oh god my friend thank heaven you are ok but I'm so sorry you had to through such a traumatic experience!
    The fact that robberies happen like that truly is quite scary :(


  6. Oh my that's a scary experience! Glad you are safe and alive. You actually acted very smart by cancelling all the cards and whatever was required at that time. I hope you will be able to get over all this very soon. Take care.
    If I had been at your place I would not think of anything let alone cooking but you are brave Nava. This is a gorgeous recipe.

  7. Nava, glad that you are safe and it is difficult situation. You handled the situation bravely. Take care and don't think about the incident if you can.

    By the way mushroom tofu soup looks delicious.

  8. KL is not safe anymore. Things have gone from bad to worse and the police is not doing anything. Screw all the NKEA, what’s the point of having all those EPPs when they can't even provide a safe place for us to live in. I have seen countless of snatch thieves in action, breaking car windows at hot spot areas where cars are always stuck at trafficI hope you are feeling better now. Take care and be strong.

  9. Thanks everyone for the comforting words. I am hanging in though the flashbacks keep popping in my mind from time to time.

  10. Bravo dear for handling the situation well.. Glad you are safe.. Take care Nava.. Hugsxx

  11. A delightful and comforting bowl of soup Nava.. Adore the clicks too :-)

  12. Thank you I been looking for wats to incorporate Tofu in my meals this its perfectly delicious.

  13. Omg!! that is scary. Glad you are safe dear. Take care.
    And I must say this soup is refreshing and nice. Yum :)

  14. The soup looks so good ..Comforting!


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