Pile of Gold Tofu Stuffed with Shrimp
Recipe type: Shellfish
Serves: 16
  • 2 packages firm tofu (14 ounces each); drained
  • 2 Cups warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt; divided
  • 1/4 pound shelled large shrimp; deveined
  • 1 small egg white
  • 1 dash freshly-ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 Cups oil
  • 2 Tablespoons thinly-sliced green onion
  • Gravy:
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon cold water
  • 1 Cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
  1. Cut each block of tofu into 8 (1 1/2 by 3/4-inch) squares. Scoop tofu from the center of each square so there's a hole in the middle, and reserve the scooped-out tofu. Set the tofu squares upside-down on a cloth to drain the excess water.
  2. Place the water in a bowl and add 2 teaspoons of the salt; stir to dissolve. Place the shrimp in the salt water and swirl. Leave the shrimp in the salt water for 5 minutes, then rinse with cold water and drain. Pat dry on paper towels to remove the excess water.
  3. Using a sharp knife or food processor, mash the shrimp to a paste. Blend with the egg white, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, sesame oil and cornstarch. with a fork, mash half of the scooped-out tofu and add to the shrimp mixture. Put a little less than a teaspoon of the mixture in each square of tofu. Repeat until all the pieces are filled.
  4. Heat the oil in a deep-sided pan (so the oil doesn't boil over from the excess moisture in the tofu) to 350 degrees. Add 1 piece of tofu at a time to prevent them from sticking together. Do not overcrowd the pan. Deep-fry 1 to 2 pieces at a time. Fry until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels when done.
  5. For the Gravy: Mix the cornstarch with the water in a small bowl. Bring the chicken broth and oyster sauce to a boil in a small saucepan and add the cornstarch mixture. Stir until thickened, about 1 minute, then remove from the heat.
  6. Pour the Gravy over the tofu and garnish with the green onion.
Use a deep enough pan or wok to deep-fry. Tofu contains a lot of water, and spattering can occur. We recommend frying 1 to 2 pieces at a time to maintain high heat.

This dish is referred to as "Pile of Gold" and is often served for Chinese New Year banquets.
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