I like the Chinese name given for this dish 老少平安 , the name literally in English means "Elderly and young peace". I was introduced to this dish when I mentioned to one of my computing classmate Penny from Guangzhou what to do with the surplus egg whites that I have in fridge after making Portuguese egg tarts. She further explained the reason of naming "Elderly and young peace" is because the soft and smooth texture of the dish with main ingredients of tofu, fish paste and egg whites is perfect for young and elderly without worrying about missing teeth and choking problem with fish bones, therefore everyone is safe to eat. :-)
Frankly, this traditional home-style Cantonese cuisine and also regards as "lazy people food" recipe is similarly to steam eggs with variation of adding tofu and fish paste. Of course, there are other variations some even mixed with shrimp and mushrooms. My version, I didn't have any fish paste so I replaced with pork mince and added my homemade salted eggs as topping.
|Steamed Tofu with Salted eggs|
Homemade Salted Eggs
|Salted egg yolks vs normal egg yolk|
STEAMED TOFU WITH SALTED EGGS
2 pieces of Tofu (Bean Curds)
2 Egg whites/Salted egg yolks (optional)
200g Fish paste/Chicken/Pork Mince or both
Mushroom/dried shrimp /preserved radish/spring onion chopped finely (optional)
Fried garlic oil
Parsley or coriander for garnishing
If use minced meat, marinate minced meat with soya sauce, sesame oil, pepper, corn flour.
For fish paste marinate with salt, pepper and sesame oil.
Mash tofu and add in fish paste/minced meat and stir well.
Mix all ingredients in a steaming bowl and stir well.
Steam with high heat for 10-12 minutes.
Drizzle with some garlic oil and garnish with coriander/parsley.
Serve hot with rice.