Vietnamese Fried Tofu with Scallions
Vietnamese Fried Tofu with Scallions (Dau ran tam hanh) is a rustic Northern Vietnamese dish, featuring crispy fried tofu dipped in scallion fish sauce mixture. It is a tasty side dish or even main dish you can make in just 20 minutes.
Servings: 2 people
- 1 lb tofu (medium-firm to firm)
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 5 tablespoons hot pork or chicken broth, or hot water
- 3 tablespoons thinly-sliced scallions, green parts (about 3-4 stalks)
- cooking oil
Pat dry tofu and cut into 1-inch thick slices.
Heat a generous amount of oil in a deep fry pan over medium to medium-high heat (adjust heat as needed). Once the oil is hot, add tofu slices and let them cook until the bottom is golden, about 2-3 minutes.
Flip the tofu slices and cook the other side until it is also golden, another 2 minutes or so. Transfer tofu to a plate lined with paper towel.
Place scallion slices in a bowl, and drizzle 2-3 teaspoons of hot oil that you just used to fry the tofu over the scallions to partially cook them.
In a bowl, combine fish sauce with hot broth (or water). You can also heat the mixture by using your microwave. Taste and adjust to your liking. Scoop out the scallion slices (leaving the oil behind), and put into the mixture. Give it a stir.
Dip each tofu slice which is still very hot into the scallion fish sauce mixture for 5-6 seconds, then place them on a serving plate.
You can drizzle some of the sauce over the tofu slices on a serving plate, then dividing the remaining sauce into small dipping bowls for each person.
If your stove is not powerful and your tofu seems to have a lot of excess water, you may want to put heavy objects on tofu block for 10 minutes or so to drain out excess water before frying.
Taste the fish sauce and broth/water mixture and adjust to your liking. You can add a pinch of sugar if you want, or add some black pepper or a few slices of bird's eye chili.
Make sure you dip the tofu slices into the dipping sauce while the tofu is still hot, otherwise it will be difficult to soak up flavors.
Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1477mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 298mg | Iron: 3mg