Silken Tofu with Soy Sauce

This is probably one of the easiest exotic recipes to prepare. In China, it is on every restaurant menu, and we experienced it many times while living there. 

silken tofu

Savoury silken tofu only needs the addition of a handful of basic ingredients and is a simple 15 minute process. 

Only the soy sauce mixture needs a little cooking to add taste and aroma to the dish.  The tofu is best when served cold or at room temperature with the soy sauce seasoning and added spring onions and sesame seeds for extra texture. It is perfect as an appetiser, or a side dish served with other Asian dishes. 

What is silken tofu?

Silken tofu is healthy, nutritious, and a good natural replacement for meat. It has the highest water content of all the tofu types as it is undrained coagulated soy milk without being curdled. After production it is left unpressed, so each ‘cake’ retains all of its moisture while cooling. Silken tofu has a smooth, silky appearance and can be soft, firm, or extra firm. Always handle it with care as it easily falls apart.

silken tofu

Silken Tofu with Soy Sauce

Savoury silken tofu only needs the addition of a handful of basic ingredients and is a simple 15 minute process.
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetisers & Starters, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 people
Calories 70 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)


For the garnish

  • 3-4 tbsp fried crispy shallot rings see recipe


Prepare the tofu

  • Open the package and flip the soft block of tofu in between two kitchen towels.
    Gently place some weight on top of the tofu to press out the excess of water.
    Keep the silken tofu in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
    dry tofu between kitchen towel

Prepare the sauce

  • Sweat the chopped onions in vegetable oil until translucent.
    Add the garlic and stir over a low heat until fragrant.
    sweat onions
  • Pour in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, vinegar, vegetable stock, sugar and dried chilli. Stir well to combine and remove from the stove to cool.
    add soy sauce
  • Add the sesame seeds and spring onions, then season to taste with a pinch of ground white pepper.
    add spring onions to soy sauce

Finish the dish

  • Remove the silken tofu from the fridge and place it in the centre of a service plate.
    Pour the onion-soy sauce over the tofu and garnish with the fried shallot rings.
    silken tofu


  • Adding some vegetable stock will reduce the salty taste of the soy sauce.

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSodium: 666mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 180IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 1mg
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