'Pile of Gold' tofu stuffed with shrimp
'Pile of Gold' tofu stuffed with shrimp
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Recipe Yield: Total time: 1 hour | Makes 16 pieces
2 (14-ounce) cartons firm tofu, drained 2 cups warm water 2 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided 1/4 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined 1 small egg white Dash white pepper 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon cornstarch 3 cups oil Gravy (see related recipe) 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion

Step 1 Cut each block of tofu into 8 (1 1/2 x3/4-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.

Step 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. 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.

Step 3With 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.

Step 4Heat 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. Pour the Gravy over the tofu and garnish with the green onion.

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