Đậu Hũ Nhồi Thịt Sốt Cà Chua Recipe

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Vietnamese stuffed tofu in tomato sauce, or Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua (Đậu Hũ Nhồi Thịt Sốt Cà Chua), is a popular Vietnamese dish for lunch and dinner. This stuffed tofu dish requires easy-to-find ingredients and simple preparation, but the result is easily on par with lavish main course items.

Read on, and I will show you a few key facts about Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua, the required tools and ingredients for preparing it, the steps for making it at home, cooking and storing tips, possible side dishes, and suggestions for similar Vietnamese dishes. So why don’t you read on?

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What Is Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua?

Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua is a flavorful Vietnamese main dish made from fried tofu stuffed with ground pork and cooked in tomato sauce. An affordable choice for lunch and dinner in many Vietnamese families, Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua showcases the vital role of tofu in Vietnamese cuisine.

While Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua isn’t a vegan recipe, you can turn it vegan by removing ground pork. The stuffing, now consisting of wood ear mushrooms and ground tofu, is still very delectable.

Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua is a sought-after Vietnamese recipe thanks to its exquisite flavor, affordability, and simplicity. You only have to use a few basic cooking tools and common ingredients to prepare it.

What Tools Must I Use to Make Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua?

Here is a list of the necessary tools for making Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua at home: a skillet, a spatula, a knife, a cutting board, a pair of tongs, and a mixing bowl. Optional tools include spoons and a pair of eco-friendly disposable plastic gloves.

  • Skillet: For frying tofu and making tomato sauce.
  • Spatula: For frying tofu and making tomato sauce.
  • Knife: For cutting the vegetables.
  • Cutting board: For cutting the vegetables.
  • A pair of tongs: For getting fried tofu out of the skillet.
  • Mixing bowl: For making the stuffing.
  • Optional tools: I also use a teaspoon to carve out the centers of the tofu blocks, a ladle for distributing tomato sauce, and a pair of eco-friendly disposable plastic gloves to handle several main ingredients of Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua.
Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua Tools

What Are the Ingredients for Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua?

The main ingredients of Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua are ground pork, tofu, wood ear mushrooms, glass noodles, tomatoes, aromatics, spices, and condiments.

  • Ground pork: Ground pork is the main ingredient for the stuffing, but don’t hesitate to omit it if you go for vegan stuffed tofu. While some people prefer ground pork with lean meat and no fat, a suitable amount of fat will keep the meat moist and flavorful.
  • Tofu: Always choose firm tofu because the other tofu varieties are too soft to hold out during the preparation process. Extra firm tofu is another great choice, but this tofu variety doesn’t absorb the tomato sauce like firm tofu.
Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua Ingredients

Go for pre-fried tofu since it is easier to carve out and put the stuffing inside. In addition, frying tofu yourself helps you control the oil content and texture of the tofu.

  • Wood ear mushrooms: Wood ear mushrooms are a common ingredient for many Vietnamese recipes using meat stuffing. While there are many other suitable types of mushrooms, not many have the delightful crunch of wood ear mushrooms.
  • Glass noodles: Glass noodles are another popular ingredient in meat stuffing.
  • Tomatoes: For making the tomato sauce.
  • Shallots: For flavoring the tomato sauce and garnishing Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua.
  • Garlic: For flavoring the tomato sauce.
  • Scallions: For garnishing the Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua.
  • Spices and condiments: For flavoring the tomato sauce. I use oyster sauce, ketchup, chili sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, salt, ground pepper, soup powder, and red pepper powder.
  • Cooking oil: For frying the tofu. It is possible to air fry the tofu blocks to reduce the oil content, but getting them done right is difficult using an air-fryer.
  • Water: For making the sauce. Water is added to the sauce along with spices and condiments while preparing Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua.

How to Make Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua?

To make Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua from scratch, you need to prepare the ingredients (including the vegetables and tofu), make the stuffing, fry the tofu, and cook the tofu in tomato sauce to complete the dish. Here are the detailed instructions:

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

Wash the vegetables and let them drain.

Soak the glass noodles and wood ear mushrooms in warm water for 15 minutes, then chop them finely.

Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua Step 1 Prepare the Ingredients

Finely chop the tomatoes, garlic, shallots, and scallions.

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Use the handle of a teaspoon or a sharp knife to carve out the centers of the tofu blocks. Carve them gently and carefully so as not to break the tofu blocks. Save the tofu you carve out for the meat stuffing.

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Step 2: Make the Stuffing

Add ground meat, discarded tofu, glass noodles, and wood ear mushrooms to the mixing bowl. Mix them vigorously.

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Stuff each block of tofu with a suitable amount of meat stuffing. Don’t add too much, or the tofu blocks will break apart.

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Step 3: Fry the Tofu

Heat up olive oil in the skillet over low to medium heat. Put the tofu blocks in the skillet. Don’t let the oil get too hot before you add the tofu. Otherwise, the oil will splatter.

Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua Step 3 Fry the Tofu

Fry the tofu blocks over low to medium heat. Turn them over occasionally with a pair of tongs or chopsticks. Doing so ensures that the tofu will be fried evenly and not burned.

Remove the tofu blocks from the skillet when they are golden on all sides. Don’t overdo them because you will cook them in tomato sauce later.

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Step 4: Cook the Tofu in Tomato Sauce

Sauté shallots and garlic in oil. Add the tomatoes and stir constantly.

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Add water, ketchup, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, salt, ground pepper, and red pepper powder. Stir constantly.

Cook for 2 – 3 minutes.

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Add the fried tofu to the skillet and continue cooking. Pour the tomato sauce over the tofu every now and then to ensure optimal flavor absorption.

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Cook on low heat for 5 minutes or until the tomato sauce has thickened enough.

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Step 5: Complete the Dish

Serve the tofu in tomato sauce. Garnish with chili pepper rings, scallions, and ground pepper.

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I’ve included a few do’s and don’ts while preparing Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua in the instructions, but there are some other tips that you should know.

What Are the Tips for Preparing Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua?

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To make Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua perfectly, use these handy tips: using a different size of tofu, cooking on low to medium heat, patting the tofu dry before cooking, using enough oil, and adjusting the seasoning to your liking.

I will also cover serving suggestions for Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua, how to store and reheat it, and similar Vietnamese dishes worth trying.

  • Change the size of tofu blocks: I prefer large blocks of tofu because they are easier to stuff, but many people like to cut the tofu into smaller pieces to cook them more quickly.
  • Use low to medium heat: Cooking on low to medium heat helps avoid oil splatter and burned tofu. Some recipes recommend cooking tofu on high heat, but doing so makes it more difficult to ensure even doneness.
  • Pat the tofu dry: Preventing oil splatter and creating a crispy exterior is easier to achieve with dry tofu, so remember to drain and pat the tofu dry carefully with paper towels after unwrapping it.
  • Use enough oil: The oil should reach at least half the height of the tofu blocks, like 1 inch deep or so. The ideal way is to fully submerge the tofu in oil, although doing so will increase the fat content.
  • Adjust the spices: My recipe aims at a balanced flavor profile, but feel free to tweak it around to make the dish more suitable for your palate.

For example, add sriracha and red chili paste to infuse the tomato sauce with more heat. These adjustments don’t change serving suggestions for Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua.

What Dishes Go Well With Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua?

Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua is a Vietnamese main dish usually paired with steamed rice or Vietnamese baguettes. It is also excellent to serve the tofu with fresh greens and vegetables, especially lettuce. Since stuffed tofu is an easy dish to prepare and store for later, many Vietnamese people make it frequently.

How To Store And Reheat Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua?

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Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua is easy to store and reheat. You can keep it for 2 – 3 days in the fridge by storing it in an airtight container. The stuffed tofu is generally good for freezing, though the tofu will lose its structure and fragrance after thawing. The standard storage time is about 2 – 3 months.

Reheat Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua in a skillet or in a microwave. The same method goes for many similar Vietnamese dishes with tomato sauce. But thawed tofu may need to be drained before being reheated.

What Are Other Suggestions For Similar Vietnamese Dishes?

Here are 3 Vietnamese dishes that use tomato sauce in the same way as Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua. They are full of tangy and savory goodness that everybody loves.

  • Ca Nuc Kho Ca Chua (Vietnamese braised fish with spicy tomato sauce): People who don’t like meat and fried food will love Ca Nuc Kho Ca Chua. This fish-based recipe uses only a small amount of cooking oil, but the flavor is still rich and addictive. Making Ca Nuc Kho Ca Chua with an air-fryer is a terrific idea.
  • Ca Thu Sot Ca Chua (Vietnamese mackerel in tomato sauce): Ca Thu Sot Ca Chua uses a different type of fish from Ca Nuc Kho Ca Chua and delivers a slightly sweeter, almost salmon-like mouth feel. This mackerel-based recipe uses dill to make the tomato sauce more fragrant.
  • Dau Hu Sot Ca Chua (Vietnamese fried tofu in tomato sauce): You don’t like stuffed tofu? Do you prefer an even quicker recipe than Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua? Let’s try its simpler version consisting only of tofu. Despite having no stuffing, Dau Hu Sot Ca Chua is an excellent choice to enjoy with steamed rice.

Have An Easy Meal With Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua

Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua is a wonderful symphony of two main components: the rich stuffed tofu and the piquant tomato sauce. With simple tools and easily obtainable ingredients, you can combine the two elements to a fantastic effect for your everyday meals.

It’s time to enliven your next dinner! Try my cooking tips and serving suggestions, and let me know what you think in the comment section! Before you go, please share this Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua recipe with your friends interested in Vietnamese cuisine.

Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua

Vietnamese Stuffed Tofu in Tomato Sauce (Đậu Hũ Nhồi Thịt Sốt Cà Chua)

Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua is a simple yet flavorful Vietnamese dish that will make you look forward to lunch and dinner! Let’s discover how to prepare it at home.
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Course: Main dish
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 512kcal

Ingredients

Tofu and stuffing

  • 7.05 ounces 200 grams ground pork
  • 4 blocks firm pre-fried tofu (1.32 pounds)
  • 0.35 ounce 10 grams wood-ear mushrooms
  • 0.35 ounce 10 grams glass noodles
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 0.53 ounce 15 grams shallots
  • 0.53 ounce 15 grams garlic
  • 0.35 ounce 10 grams scallions
  • Cooking oil

Spices and condiments:

  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon soup powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper powder
  • 100 ml water

Instructions 

  • Wash the vegetables and let them drain.
  • Soak the glass noodles and wood ear mushrooms in warm water for 15 minutes, then chop them finely.
    Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua Step 1 Prepare the Ingredients
  • Finely chop the tomatoes, garlic, shallots, and scallions.
    Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua Step 1 Prepare the Ingredients1
  • Use the handle of a teaspoon or a sharp knife to carve out the centers of the tofu blocks. Save the tofu you carve out for the meat stuffing.
    Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua Step 1 Prepare the Ingredients2
  • Add ground meat, discarded tofu, glass noodles, and wood ear mushrooms to the mixing bowl. Mix them vigorously.
    Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua Step 2 Make the Stuffing
  • Stuff each block of tofu with a suitable amount of meat stuffing.
    Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua Step 2 Make the Stuffing1
  • Heat up olive oil in the skillet over low to medium heat. Put the tofu blocks in the skillet.
    Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua Step 3 Fry the Tofu
  • Fry the tofu blocks over low to medium heat. Turn them over occasionally with a pair of tongs or chopsticks.
  • When the tofu blocks are golden on all sides, remove them from the skillet.
    Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua Step 3 Fry the Tofu1
  • Sauté shallots and garlic in oil. Add the tomatoes and stir constantly.
    Cook the Tofu in Tomato Sauce
  • Add water, ketchup, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, salt, ground pepper, and red pepper powder. Stir constantly. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes.
    Cook the Tofu in Tomato Sauce1
  • Add the fried tofu to the skillet and continue cooking. Pour the tomato sauce over the tofu every now and then.
    Cook the Tofu in Tomato Sauce2
  • Cook on low heat for 5 minutes or until the tomato sauce has thickened enough.
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  • Serve the tofu in tomato sauce. Garnish with chili pepper rings, scallions, and ground pepper.
    Dau Hu Nhoi Thit Sot Ca Chua Step 5 Complete the Dish

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Notes

  • The time and instructions are for preparing 4 servings.
  • Feel free to use smaller tofu blocks.
  • Cook the tofu on low to medium heat.
  • Always drain and pat the tofu dry before stuffing it.
  • Use a sufficient amount of oil to fry tofu: it should be at least half submerged.
  • Adjust the spices and condiments to your liking.

Nutrition

Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 1090mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 797IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 527mg | Iron: 6mg
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