Deep Fried Tofu with Spicy Sauce

I remember those lazy afternoons in the 70's, when I was still a child. It was such an exciting moment when we spotted the "tofu lady" stopping by the big tree next to our old home in Malaysia. She walked around the town carrying a large wooden box on each side of a stick on her shoulders. The wooden boxes contained steaming hot tofu pudding and deep fried tofu for sale. The tofu pudding tasted lovely with melted brown or white sugar, whilst the deep fried tofu was a mouth watering treat served with red hot chilli sauce!

Nowadays, you could probably still see that picture in some parts of China, and perhaps Hong Kong. Elsewhere, you can buy fried tofu in some Chinese restaurants that serve Dim Sum. But hey, it doesn't mean we have to stop enjoying the lovely food. So here is a quick and simple recipe, and you can enjoy it with a cup of green tea or jasmine tea.


  • 4 pieces tofu
  • Oil enough for deep fry
  • Chilli sauce or other spicy/non-spicy sauce of your choice


  1. Drain tofu till it is completely dry.
  2. Heat oil in a deep fryer till it starts bubbling.
  3. Carefully dip the tofu into the oil and deep fry for about 3-5 minutes or until tofu is golden brown.
  4. Drain excess oil off tofu and serve with chilli sauce.

Versatility Note:

  1. Be very sure that tofu is fully dried before frying to avoid unnecessary popping.
  2. Choice of sauce is absolutely up to you, so is the amount of sauce. You can even try a thick curry sauce!
  3. If you do not have a deep fryer, use a wok, or a deep sauce pan.
  4. Although deep fried, tofu does not absorb oil so there will only be a thin, cripsy fried up outer layer. It is still perfectly healthy.