Sweet and Spicy Tofu

Sweet and Spicy Tofu

Updated from a 2006 recipe
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Fusion
Keyword Meatless
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4
Author Connie Veneracion


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 one-inch piece ginger
  • 1 to 2 bird's eye chilies
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 small bell pepper any color
  • 1 300-gram cake firm tofu
  • 2 cups cooking oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce (I used homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (I used Lee Kum Kee)
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 drizzle sesame seed oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon finely sliced scallions


  • Smash the garlic cloves; shake off and discard the skins. Mince the garlic.
  • Peel the ginger and finely chop.
  • Thinly slice the bird's eye chilies.
  • Peel the shallots and thinly slice.
  • Peel and finely slice the shallots.
  • Deseed the bell pepper. Finely chop.
  • Cut the tofu into bite-size pieces.
  • Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan. When fine smoke float on the surface, slide in the tofu pieces one by one. Cook over high heat until the surface is browned and crisp. Scoop out and drain on a stack of paper towels.
  • Pour off the oil leaving only about a tablespoonful.
  • Reheat the oil. Saute the shallots, garlic, ginger, chilies and bell pepper with a bit of salt and pepper.
  • Pour in the sweet chili sauce and chili garlic sauce. Stir. Taste. Adjust the amount of salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Add the fried tofu to the sauce. Stir to coat each piece well. Simmer the tofu in the sauce for a minute.
  • Off the heat, drizzle in the sesame seed oil and toss.
  • Sprinkle the sweet and spicy tofu with toasted sesame seeds and finely sliced scallions before serving.