HOW TO MAKE EASY TOFU PUDDING WITH GINGER SYRUP | ĐẬU HỦ NƯỚC ĐƯỜNG
Tofu can be used for many Asian dishes, even desserts! There are a few names for this dessert. Some people call it tofu pudding, others call it soybean curd. It’s all essentially the same dish because tofu comes from soybean. And whether it’s a pudding or curd primarily depends on how dense or sparse you mix the tofu.
Like the recipe’s name suggests, this is a fast and easy way to prepare tofu pudding. All you’ll need is a box of pre-prepared tofu mix and water. After experimenting with a few different brands, I’ve concluded that I like House Foods‘ tofu mix the best. But you can of course use any brand you’d prefer. Most, if not all, pre-prepared tofu mixes should also come with a coagulant package to curdle the tofu mix.
Apart from the tofu itself, the ginger syrup is also very important for tofu pudding. Some people have no problem eating slices of ginger. My husband is one of those people. But if you’re like me and my daughter, you’ll probably end up taking out the ginger slices. But whether or not you actually eat the ginger, you should still include ginger in the syrup because that’s what gives the syrup its distinguishing taste. If you can eat ginger but don’t like it in slices, you can crush the ginger before adding it to the syrup. Keep in mind that most pre-prepared tofu mixes will not include anything for the syrup, even though the photo on the box may seem to indict it would.
Most pre-prepared tofu mixes, will, however, include some sort of cooking instructions. Ignore them. I’ve noticed with each brand of pre-prepared tofu mixes that I’ve tried, using the amount of water suggested almost always makes the tofu too sparse. For this easy tofu pudding recipe, I’ve reduced the water amount for a more condense pudding, or curd. I’ve also added an extra step to sift the tofu, which will help the tofu be smoother in both appearance and taste.
You’ll notice from the photo below that I use a cut-up plastic cup to scoop the tofu rather than a spoon! You’re probably thinking I’m silly, but this is very important! Some people even use the lid of an aluminum can to scoop tofu! The reason is simply that most spoons are too deep and won’t produce a thin layer when scooping.
Tofu pudding can be enjoyed cold or warm. I personally like warm tofu pudding.
- 1 box of House Foods Tofu Mix, 171 grams (6.06 oz)
- 1600 ml cold water
- 250 ml water
- 250 grams palm or brown sugar
- 30 grams ginger (sliced, julienne, cut, or chopped as preferred)
HOW TO MAKE TOFU PUDDING—
- Combine cold water and tofu mix in a cooking pot. Stir to dissolve.
- When the tofu mix is dissolved, place the pot on stove at medium heat. While cooking, continuously stir to avoid the tofu mix from settling and burning at the base.
- When the tofu mix comes to a boil, lower the heat. Continue stirring for another 3-4 minutes, then turn off the heat.
- Remove the pot off stove and immediately add the coagulant powder to the tofu mix. Stir well.
- Using a mesh strainer, sift the tofu mix into a bowl or container with a lid.
- Set the bowl aside at room temperature. Place a paper towel over the bowl of tofu and then cover the bowl with its lid.
HOW TO MAKE GINGER SYRUP—
- Combine sugar and water in a cooking pot. Place the pot on stove at medium heat. Continuously stir and cook until sugar melts.
- When the syrup comes to a boil, lower the heat. Continue stirring for another 7-8 minutes. Syrup should only be boiling slightly after the heat is lowered.
- Add ginger and continue cooking for another 3 minutes.
- The tofu should harden and be ready in about 2 hours.
- Using a thin-edged wide spoon, scoop thin layers of tofu into a bowl.
- Add desired amount of syrup.
- There should be two packages in the box of tofu: 1 tofu mix package, and 1 coagulant package.
- The paper towel over the tofu is to prevent water droplets (formed from the warm tofu) on the lid from dripping into the tofu.
- When scooping tofu, you should use a thin-edged wide spoon—the thinner the better—or a plastic cup cut into the shape shown in the photo above.