Starters, Soup and Main Dish

Tofu Starters
Tofu is one of the most delicious foods which also contains healthy amounts of protein, iron and calcium. Fried tofu is easy to make and is an excellent starter. All that is required is firm Tofu, oil to shallow fry and some soya sauce to serve with.

Cut the tofu into squares or rectangles, spread them on a plate and gently dab with paper napkins to remove excess water. Turn around and repeat. Heat some oil in a pan for shallow frying and then add the tofu pieces. Fry one side till it’s done and then turn the tofu around. Once the tofu looks nice and golden brown remove from cooking and place on tissue paper to remove excess oil. Viola! Your starters are ready. Sprinkle salt to taste and serve with soya sauce, into which you may add chilli flakes.

Tofu Soup
Have you tried Tom Yum soup?It’s hot, flavourful, spicy, tangy and a real comfort when you’re suffering from a cold! Do give it a shot!

?? Lemongrass – 2 stalks
? Galangal (sliced) – about two inch piece or use ginger if you can’t find galangal
? Lime leaves (handful) – tear each leaf a bit as this releases the flavour better
? Lemon -1
? Green chilli sliced – 2
? Tofu cubes ? Shallots 2 –
3 ? Mushroom slices (I used about 10 button mushrooms)
? Chilli oil (1 tablespoon)
? Soya sauce (roughly two tablespoons)
? Salt to taste

Recipe: Take about a litre of water in a deep pot and bring to a boil. Add chopped lemongrass, lime leaves, mushroom, and galangal (or ginger). Boil for a few minutes. Add the green chilli, lemon juice, tofu, soya sauce and chilli oil. Let the soup simmer for two to three minutes. Leave out the green chillies if you prefer your soup less spicy. Add salt to taste. That’s it! Your soup is ready. Feel free to add more veggies if you like.

Main Dish

I wanted to try out a real spicy dish and knew it had to be Thai. As a vegetarian, I’m always looking for ways to alter recipes to healthy vegetarian options. I came upon a spicy Thai chicken recipe and with few alterations came up with this spicy Thai Basil Tofu recipe. Hope you enjoy this too.


? Firm tofu – 1 packet cut into cubes
? Basil leaves- I large bunch, washed
? Garlic – 6 / 7 pieces
Red chillies – 2 / 3
Soya sauce to taste
? Salt to taste
Oil – 3 / 4 tablespoons

Grind the garlic and red chillies roughly in a mortar and pestle. Heat oil in a pan and when hot add this garlic and chilli paste. Sauté for about 30 seconds. Add the tofu and stir well, cooking on high heat. Now add about three tablespoons of Soya sauce. Cook for another few minutes and then turn the flame off. Now add the basil and stir well into the tofu. Add some more soya sauce if the dish seems too dry. Your dish is ready! Serve hot with rice. Enjoy!

Ms Aditi Pathak is based in Singapore. Widely travelled and from a Services background, cooking is one of her many passions.

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