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Seasonal Vegetable Tofu (時菜豆腐)

Seasonal Vegetable Tofu (時菜豆腐)

This dish typically features tofu cooked with a variety of seasonal vegetables, making it not only a healthy choice but also a versatile one, as the ingredients can vary based on what's fresh and available. Here's a simple recipe for making Seasonal Vegetable Tofu, which can be adapted based on the vegetables you have on hand.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


  • 300 g firm tofu cut into cubes
  • 2 cups mixed seasonal vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, broccoli, carrots, snow peas
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce optional
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cornstarch slurry 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water, optional for thickening
  • Green onions chopped for garnish


Prepare the Tofu:

  • Press the tofu to remove excess water. This can be done by wrapping the tofu in a kitchen towel and placing a heavy object on top for about 20 minutes. Cut the tofu into cubes.

Prepare the Vegetables:

  • Wash and chop the vegetables into bite-sized pieces, ensuring they are roughly the same size for even cooking.

Stir-Fry Tofu:

  • Heat one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large pan or wok over medium-high heat.
  • Add the tofu cubes and fry until all sides are golden brown. Remove the tofu from the pan and set aside.

Cook the Vegetables:

  • In the same pan, add the remaining tablespoon of oil.
  • Sauté the minced garlic and ginger until fragrant.
  • Add the mixed vegetables and stir-fry until they are just tender but still crisp.

Combine Tofu and Vegetables:

  • Return the tofu to the pan with the vegetables.
  • Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.

Thicken the Sauce (optional):

  • If a thicker sauce is desired, stir in the cornstarch slurry and cook for another minute until the sauce thickens.

Season and Garnish:

  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions just before serving.


  • Serve the Seasonal Vegetable Tofu hot, ideally with steamed rice or noodles.

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