Monday, October 26, 2009

Salted Egg Yolk Tofu

The first time I tried this dish was when I went back to Malaysia early this year. Cooking with salted egg yolk is very popular at the restaurant there. They will cook crab, prawns and also chicken in it. For today I am trying to re-creates this dish using tofu. The tofu is pan fried until crispy on the outside and still soft on the inside. The richness of the salted egg yolk complements well with bland taste of tofu. Delicious!!


3 pieces of firm tofu -cut into 1” length
¼ cup of corn flour
1 tsp of salt
½ tsp pepper


1 tablespoon butter
2 cooked salted egg yolks, mashed
3 tbsp of milk
4 bird’s eye chilies, sliced finely
4-5 curry leaves (optional)
1 tsp chicken bullion
1 tsp sugar

1. Cut the tofu and drain dry on paper towel. Combined corn flour, salt and pepper in a plate. Mix well. Dust the tofu with the corn flour. Heat a bit of oil in a frying pan and pan fried the tofu on both side until lightly brown. Dish out and drain the oil on paper towel.
2. Remove any access oil from the frying pan. Melt the butter and add the curry leaves and chilies. Stir fry until fragrant and add in salted egg yolks and milk. Stir rapidly in a circular motion until well mixed. Add in chicken bullion and sugar. Mix well.
3. Add the tofu and coat well in the mixture. Dish out and serve warm.


Christelle said...

Ahhh brilliant!! I saw salted egg yolks in my local chinees esupermarket but did not quite know what to do with it. Problem solved!! :) Thanks to you!

Angie Tee said...

Couldn't agree more with you on the popularity of salted eggs with so many dishes. I am not a big fan of salted or egg yolk but I do like the salted egg yolk crab in Malaysia.

Tricia said...

This dish sounds absolutely delicious! Can't wait to try it!

I was also back in KL earlier this year with my son. We spent 3 months there!!

Shereen said...

I am so going to try and cook this dish as I simply adore salted eggs especially the yolk.Thank you for sharing.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

I tried to cook salted egg with pumpkin as well, but never think of to cook with tofu, good idea. I will try out soon.

chakhlere said...

Lovely appetizer!! Its a must try!!

ramizah said...

This is a Must try dish..thank you gert.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try this recipe. The very sight of it makes my mouth water! Absolutely love tofu and salted egg yolk. What a delightful combination!

Chai said...

Looks yummy. Brings back memories. Must remember to order this next time I'm back in M'sia.

3 hungry tummies said...

Love everything deep fried with salted egg yolks yummy!!!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Yes! Salted eggs (the yolks) give a very creamy texture, which is amazing. I love using salted eggs whenever I cook Kow Kei Choy, together with regular chicken egg and century egg. This tofu dish is on my must-try list. It looks absolutely crisp and golden! Beautiful!!!

mc said...

yum yum! i love salted egg yolks too! makes everything taste so good.

Nate @ House of Annie said...

I really must try this. Sounds and looks delicious!

mycookinghut said...

Now I know what you had for your lunch!! :) Looks yummy.. never knew these combinations could be so good!
By the way, salted egg yolks - duck egg yolks?

Elin Chia said...

Hey Gert, this is something so yummy that I got to try it out..tofu my favourite leh...thanks for sharing :))

Noob Cook said...

I have to try this, bookmarked. I still have two salted eggs sitting in my pantry for a while and I dunno what to do with them. Thanks :)

ICook4Fun said...

Christelle, you are welcome.

Angie, I have yet to try out salted egg yolk crab. Maybe on my next trip home.

Tricia, hope you like it.

Shereen, you are welcome.

Sonia, I have to try it out with pumpkin since I love them a lot.

Chakhlere, you can eat this with rice too.

Ramizah, you are welcome.

Anon, hope you like this dish.

Chai, yes make sure you try out all the variation.

3 hungry tummies, who can resist deep fried food :)

ICook4Fun said...

Little Teochew, I love steam meat with salted egg yolk too.

MC, yes it is :)

Nate & Annie, yes it is delicious.

Leemei, yes I used the ready boiled store bought salted duck eggs yolk.

Elin, mine too :)

Noobcook, you are welcome.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Yummy! And you were right, Malaysia restaurants use lots of salted egg yolks in their dishes these days. Good but high cholesterol leh, living in M'sia really have to have good self-control.

Beachlover said...

Hmmm this dish sound great!! but I never taste it b4! how come? I should get some salted egg first to try this dish! thanks for sharing:)

Babe_KL said...

what a brilliant idea to cook tofu with salted egg yolk!

lululu said...

hi, gertrude, i'm visiting after i saw elin's blog.
i love tofu too, your dish is definitely a winner!
and did i tell u i hv a weakness on cooking asian food! u r my savior!

Anonymous said...


What kind of egg yolk should one use, those uncooked salted egg or just the yolks sold at the egg seller all shelled?



ICook4Fun said...

LCOM, I know egg yolk high in cholestrol but eat once a while ok lah :)

Lesley, I am surprise you didn't try out dishes cook with salted egg yolk back in Malaysia.

Babe KL, ha ha thank you.

Lululu, thanks for stopping by and hope to see you often here :)

Betty, here in the US most of the salted egg came cooked and whole and I used only the yolk.

pigpigscorner said...

I'm so cooking this!

Wa-Wa said...

Hi Dear,

i will try this soon.. Thanks for the great idea and recipe..


Tsu Lin + + said...

I stumbled upon your blog while searching for a recipe & am attracted by ALL your fabulous & beautiful cooking photographs! You must really love cooking, such lucky husband!

This is one of my favourite dish (prawn version) : "Wong Kam Har Kau" in cantonese and I would love to make it for dinner one night! Thanks for sharing all your beautiful cooking recipes.

(PS : I usually am not fond of kuihs but by looking at your kuih-kuih photos, I get SO INSPRIRED it is not funny.)

ICook4Fun said...

Tsu Lin, thanks for stopping by and your kind words. Yes I tried the prawn dish when I went back to Malaysia the last time. You can use this same recipe but change the tofu to prawns.

Hidayah Surea said...

I've always like to try ur recipe. I'm malay and I've been looking for salted yolk recipe for long time (mostly on how to coat prawn, crab etc with the salted yolk) You know how is the salted yolk right? I don't have any idea how to coat with it. I haven't try this recipe. Really hopes it will works!

Hehe. Thanx!

ql said...

The first and only time i had tofu coated with salted egg yolk was in Ah Yat in KL/Selangor 2 years ago. Have never tried it in SG where i live and i guess it's almost impossible to get it here in Aus. Am really glad to have found your wonderful recipe & be able to make it by myself; my non-Asian boyfriend likes it :) Hope my friends from Malaysia & SG will like it too when i bring it to a potluck party tomorrow. Please keep posting your excellent recipes, i'll be back for more! :)

ICook4Fun said...

MsHidayah, some recipe will mix the egg yolk into the batter and then coat it with prawns and sotong and fried it. Another method is this one. You can always replace the tofu with prawns or crab.

Ql, glad that you like this dish. I wish my husband eat this :)

Anonymous said...

hi there!
may I ask if the firm beancurd refers to dry toufu (豆干) ? thanks a million!! (:

ICook4Fun said...

Anon, no is the firm tofu you get from the supermarket that comes in a box.

Jessie said...

This is such a wonderful recipe and it's a dish I cook once in every few weeks. This is also the dish that linked me to your blog and I am so glad to have found it. I usually cooked this dish using Japanese egg tofu instead of the regular tofu. Keep the wonderful recipes coming!

Jessie from

Elsie Hui said...

Ahh! I just had this at the restaurant! I'm glad I found an easy recipe for this! Thanks for posting! :)