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Braised Tofu Puffs with Seasonal Vegetables (豆腐卜烩時菜)

Braised Tofu Puffs with Seasonal Vegetables (豆腐卜烩時菜)

豆腐卜烩時菜, or Braised Tofu Puffs with Seasonal Vegetables, is a delightful vegetarian dish that's both hearty and flavorful. It features tofu puffs, known for their spongy texture that soaks up the savory sauce, combined with a variety of fresh seasonal vegetables. This dish is a staple in many Chinese vegetarian meals due to its simplicity and delicious taste. Here's how to prepare it.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


For the Dish:

  • 200 g tofu puffs halved or quartered
  • 300 g mixed seasonal vegetables such as bok choy, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water

For the Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce or vegetarian stir-fry sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water


Prepare the Vegetables:

  • Clean and cut the vegetables into bite-sized pieces.
  • Prepare the Tofu Puffs:
  • If the tofu puffs are large, halve or quarter them to make them bite-sized.

Cook the Vegetables:

  • Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat.
  • Add minced garlic and stir-fry until fragrant.
  • Add the harder vegetables first (like carrots), followed by the softer ones (like bok choy and bell peppers). Stir-fry for a few minutes until they start to soften.

Add Tofu Puffs:

  • Add the tofu puffs to the wok. Gently mix them with the vegetables.

Prepare the Sauce:

  • In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and sesame oil.

Combine and Simmer:

  • Pour the sauce mixture over the vegetables and tofu puffs. Stir to combine.
  • Add the vegetable broth or water and bring to a simmer.

Thicken the Sauce:

  • Stir the cornstarch and water mixture again and then pour it into the wok.
  • Gently stir as the sauce thickens.


  • Once the sauce has thickened and the vegetables are cooked to your liking, remove from heat.
  • Serve hot, ideally with a side of steamed rice or noodles.

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