Homemade Hot Dou Fu Hua – 豆腐花

Home Made Hot Chinese Tofu Pudding

I was craving the Dau Fu Fa that you can get when you go for dim sum, in that large bamboo container with smooth, soft texture… and served with a ginger syrup. So, I tried to make it at home and I was really happy with the results!

500mL unsweetened soy milk
1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp gypsum powder
30mL Cold Water

First off, it’s VERY important that you find soy milk at the store with nothing besides water and soy milk. I’ve tried this recipe a few times with soy milk with just 1 more ingredient, and it didn’t set at all! I used Superior Tofu – Fresh Soy Milk. Another option is to make the soy milk yourself at home – which I will eventually do and post.

In a pot, boil the soy milk – but watch it, as soy milk boils over really quickly. You don’t need to over boil it, just as long as big bubbles are forming, it’s definitely hot enough!

In another bowl, combine the gypsum powder with cornstarch, and dissolve it in the cold water.

When you’re all ready to go, set a large clean bowl on the table. This is where your dessert will sit and set. Hold the hot pot of hot soy milk in one hand, and the setting solution in the other. Pour both solutions into this big bowl at the same time so it mixes together while pouring. When finished, put a towel on top and leave it alone for an hour for it to set. It’s best to step out of the kitchen, otherwise, you may be tempted to check up on it, and that can compromise the texture. If you haven’t made the syrup yet, now is a good time to make it by boiling some water with rock sugar and ginger. Taste and adjust to how you like it!

Recently, I made a simple recipe for Dau Fu Fa using gelatin. If you just want this dessert and served cold, it’s a great recipe! Here’s the recipe for Dou Fu Hua

Homemade Chinese Spicy Steamed Tofu

Home Made Spicy Tofu Recipe

Some night, I don’t know what to make – a quick and simple dish to go with rice would be tofu! I like to buy a medium firmness tofu as it’s most versatile. After you steam the tofu it because really silky, smooth and soft. As I only cook for 2 people, I either use half or even a quarter block of Sunrise Tofu which can be purchased from the grocery stores with an Asian aisle (or of course the Asian market). If you know how to handle your tofu, I recommend buying the soft or silken tofu for this recipe! It will become almost a savoury custard.

1/2 block Tofu
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp maple syrup
dash of hot sauce

First, you rinse the block of tofu, and dry it well. The better job you do of drying it, the better the soy sauce will stick to the tofu as an end result.While the tofu is drying, set up the steamer. I then cut up my tofu into little cubes and arrange on a heat proof dish, and sprinkle the chili flakes on top. Cover the dish with aluminum foil so water doesn’t get into the dish while it’s steaming. While the tofu is steaming, prepare the soy sauce mixture by combining the soy sauce, maple syrup and hot sauce.

Steam the dish for about 13-15 minutes depending on the thickness of your tofu. Once it’s soft and heated through, it’s ready to go! Take the dish out of the steamer carefully and pour the soy sauce mixture over top. Serve hot and enjoy. The soy sauce taste really good over rice!

Homemade Dou Fu Hua – 豆腐花

Home Made Dau Fu Fa with Gelatin – Soybean Pudding

This chilled dessert isn’t the traditional style, but this recipe is simple and is great for serving it cold with a simple ginger syrup.

3 cups Unsweetened Soy Milk
1 package (1 tbsp) Gelatin
1/4 cup water

This simple recipe takes no time to make, but takes a lot of time to set. First, you boil the soy milk slowly as soy milk boils over really quickly. You do not need it at a full boil either to prevent the soy film.

Once the soy milk boils, prepare the gelatin mixture by dissolving the gelatin with the water. Mix thoroughly and then pour it into the soy milk.

I like to have my dou fu hua in little individual bowl, so I pour the solution into little bowls and place into the fridge for it to set for at least a few hours.

In the mean time while the bowls are setting up in the fridge, I like to make the ginger syrup so I can refrigerate the solution as well.

If you want, you can make this dessert the “traditional” way which can be served hot or cold! Here’s the Dau Fu Fa recipe!