Hundred Leaf Tofu Salad

By Chinuck | Asia Polka | 11 Oct 2021


I usually do this recipe with pressed tofu, which is firm enough to bounce off the counter without breaking.

Hundred Leaf Tofu Salad

But hundred leaf tofu is a recent discovery for me and this recipe works even better with it. It has the same firmness of pressed tofu, but comes in a very thin sheet about 1mm thick which has been folded over itself several times. It's name is akin to the French "mille-feuille" (thousand leaf). I guess everyone has to choose their level of hyperbole. When it comes to pidan, Chinese haven't made up their mind, as sometimes they're called "century eggs " and sometimes they are called "thousand year old eggs".

hundred layer tofu

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg hundred leaf tofu
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 large bunch of cilantro
  • 1 stalk of green onion
  • 2 chilis
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • sesame seeds

Method

  • Peel apart all the sheets of the tofu, then stack them back together. If you don't do this, they will be all stuck together in a clump. You can use them this way too in other dishes if you want chunks with a meaty texture.

tofu unfolded

  • Slice the tofu into 0.5-1 cm wide strips.

tofu stacked

  • Slice the carrot and celery into thin sticks. Confession: I used one of those special peeler tools that also slices things into sticks. It was a cheap one (10 PLN ~ $2.50 USD). It is broken now. Don't buy cheap tools.

veggies sliced

  • Chop up the chilis and mix them together with soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil to make a dressing.

sauce

  • Toss the tofu, carrot and celery together with the dressing.
  • Slice the green onion into thin strips and chop up the cilantro. I've kept the stems because I think it goes well with this "long strippey" themed salad.

greens

  • Throw the greens on top of the salad and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

This salad is crunchy and satisfying. And because of the protein from the dense tofu, it is also surprisingly filling.

 

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Chinuck
Chinuck

A Chinese-Canadian expat living in Poland. Filling in the time here blogging about Asian food and culture while waiting for my crypto positions to turn the right way.


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