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Orek Tahu Tauco – Tofu in Spicy Soy Bean Sauce Recipe

You want to know what’s the most time consuming this in this tofu dish? It’s frying the tofu actually, so if you can buy already fried tofu cubes from your nearby grocery, or better yet, if you live in Indonesia, and your street food seller is selling fried tofu, go grab some to make this tofu in spicy soy bean sauce in under 15 minutes!

Orek Tahu Tauco – Tofu in Spicy Soy Bean Sauce

If, like me, you prefer to prepare your own fried tofu cubes, you can still go about it the easy way by making a big batch of “fried” tofu with your oven. Alternatively, the old fashion way of deep frying tofu cubes will always work, though a bit much of work in my opinion. Or, if oven is out of the question, and you are not up to deep frying, you can always pan fry your tofu. In this recipe, I am going to show you how to pan fry your tofu cubes, but you can use whichever method you want, just make sure you have some fried tofu cubes to prepare this dish.

Orek Tahu Tauco - Tofu in Spicy Soy Bean Sauce

Orek Tahu Tauco – Tofu in Spicy Soy Bean Sauce

Two other key ingredients in this dish is tauco (salted soy bean) and kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce). Most Asian grocery should carry these items, but you can also buy them from Amazon, but be warned that the online price is almost always more expensive. For tauco, I like the one from Yeo’s, but you can use other brand too. For kecap manis, my favorite is the one from Bango, but the one from ABC is also pretty good. Once you have everything ready, let’s go to the recipe.

Orek Tahu Tauco - Tofu in Spicy Soy Bean Sauce

Orek Tahu Tauco – Tofu in Spicy Soy Bean Sauce

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Ayam Goreng Saus Tauco – Fried Chicken in Spicy Soy Bean Sauce Recipe

If you are in the mood for some spicy dish, may I suggest giving this ayam goreng saus tauco – fried chicken in spicy soy bean sauce a try? There is two parts to this dish, fried chicken pieces, and the spicy soy bean sauce. Once you master this recipe, feel free to switch the chicken with fish, tofu, or tempeh, and I guarantee it will work with any of my suggested substitute.

Ayam Goreng Saus Tauco – Fried Chicken in Spicy Soy Bean Sauce

Fried chicken

For the juiciest possible result, stick with chicken thigh. That said, if all you have at home is chicken breast, it definitely will work so don’t worry too much about it. For a speedy cooking time, cut chicken thigh (or breast) into strips, and marinate with bruised (or roughly minced) garlic, lime juice, and salt. Once it has rested for 15 minutes, start preparing oil for deep frying. You can then whisk all purpose flour, tapioca starch (corn starch is okay too), and salt. Dump the chicken into the flour mixture and coat really really well, there shouldn’t be any liquid at all at this stage. Fry chicken until golden brown and set aside.

Ayam Goreng Saus Tauco - Fried Chicken in Spicy Soy Bean Sauce

Ayam Goreng Saus Tauco – Fried Chicken in Spicy Soy Bean Sauce

Tauco and Terasi/Belacan

Some of the key ingredients for this delicious sauce is tauco (salted soy beans) and terasi/belacan (shrimp paste). The links I provide are for products that should be available in your Asian market, such as Marina or 99 Ranch. Of course, you can always buy from Amazon, but the price is more expensive online. Another ingredient that you may consider getting online is Indonesian bay leaves (Indonesian: daun salam). You cannot substitute regular bay leaves with Indonesian bay leaves, and if you cannot get them, my suggestion is to omit from the recipe.

Ayam Goreng Saus Tauco - Fried Chicken in Spicy Soy Bean Sauce

Ayam Goreng Saus Tauco – Fried Chicken in Spicy Soy Bean Sauce

Spicy Soy Bean Sauce

Once you have all the ingredients for the sauce together, first, make the spice paste by grinding with a food processor/blender. I find that if I add a teaspoon of oil into my food processor along with the ingredients, the blended paste is much smoother. To prepare for the spicy soy bean sauce, simply fry the spice paste, lemongrass, and Indonesian bay leaves until fragrant. Add tauco, sugar, mix well, then add water and bring to a boil. Once the sauce is reduced and look slightly dry, add fried chicken to the pan and toss to coat well. It is best to serve this dish hot with some steamed white rice.

Ayam Goreng Saus Tauco - Fried Chicken in Spicy Soy Bean Sauce

Ayam Goreng Saus Tauco – Fried Chicken in Spicy Soy Bean Sauce

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Ayam Suwir Tauco Pedas – Spicy Soy Bean Shredded Chicken Recipe

Ayam suwir (shredded chicken) is one of Indonesian favorite comfort food. The idea is to poach one whole chicken, or in the US, just a pair of chicken breasts since the chicken in US is humongous compared to the one back home. Then, the chicken meat is shredded and cook further in a myriad way. Today, I am going to share this easy ayam suwir tauco pedas – spicy soy bean shredded chicken recipe with you.

Ayam Suwir Tauco Pedas – Spicy Soy Bean Shredded Chicken

Let’s Get Cooking

Once you have your poached chicken, the rest is a simple stir frying job.

First, sauté the aromatics (shallot, garlic, daun salam, and galangal) over medium high heat.

Next, add chilies, tauco, shredded chicken, all the seasonings and water/stock. Simply cook until liquid is almost dry and you have yourself an ayam suwir dish.

If you want an even easier approach, get a rotisserie chicken, and use that instead of poached chicken. The rotisserie trick makes this simple dish even simpler, and to be honest, the taste is even better.

Ayam Suwir Tauco Pedas - Spicy Soy Bean Shredded Chicken

Ayam Suwir Tauco Pedas – Spicy Soy Bean Shredded Chicken

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Sambal Tauco Labu Siam – Chayote in Spicy Fermented Soy Beans Recipe

Have you ever tried chayote before? You can find this beloved squash in many traditional Indonesian dishes. Today I will introduce you to sambal tauco labu siam, a spicy vegetable (and vegetarian) stew dish. This is usually a side dish for many Indonesian rice dishes, such as nasi rames, nasi liwet, e.t.c. But you can always prepare this as one of your many sides to create an Indonesian feast.

Labu Siam – Chayote

How to handle chayote (labu siam)

This is a quick guide to handle chayote. Prior to cooking, we peel the skin, and remove the seed from the chayote. You can cut it into chunks, wedges, thin slices, julien, etc. The simplest way Indonesian enjoy chayote is to cut into big chunks/wedges, and steam until soft, and enjoy with other vegetables in a lalapan. Note that if you handle chayote bare-handed, your fingers and palms might be covered with a thin film that makes your skin tight. I usually just wash it away with soap under warm/slightly hot water. But you can always wear a pair of gloves to avoid this problem in the first place.

Sambal Tauco Labu Siam - Chayote in Spicy Fermented Soy Beans

Sambal Tauco Labu Siam – Chayote in Spicy Fermented Soy Beans

Tauco (fermented/salted soy beans)

The second important ingredient to prepare this dish is of course tauco (fermented/salted soy beans). In my experience, even a tiny Mom-and-Pop Asian grocery store carries them. And there are quite a bit of varieties too, from the still solid beans, to a mix of solid and ground beans, to a totally ground version. Preferabbly you choose the ones where the beans are still solid, but if all you see are the ground variety, they are also okay. If your neighborhood store doesn’t carry them, you can also buy it online from Amazon. I like the ones from Yeo’s and Dragonfly.

Sambal Tauco Labu Siam - Chayote in Spicy Fermented Soy Beans

Sambal Tauco Labu Siam – Chayote in Spicy Fermented Soy Beans

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