Look Mom, No cooking!
Although I find the act of cooking and following recipes rather therapeutic, cooking on the weekdays sometimes really stresses me out. If I had to cook for myself, I would be quite content slapping some cheese and ham into a sandwich maker or a grill for a toastie; but having to attend a mid-week Wednesday surprise pot luck birthday party is another story altogether. I needed something really simple and easy to piece together with minimal equipment since I would have to cook in a foreign kitchen. The solution, don’t cook. Instead, I tried to replicate Xi Yan’s Cold Tofu Pork Floss dish, no cooking involved (just boiling of eggs, and that can be done beforehand), just buying ingredients and combining them in a presentable fashion. Here’s my impressionistic version of Xi Yan’s Cold Tofu Pork Floss.
1 block silken tofu
1 spring onion, chopped
1 tbsp fried shallots
2 salted egg yolks, chopped
1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
50g pork floss
50ml store bought tempura sauce
1. Use kitchen towels to pat dry the excess liquid from tofu.
2. Place tofu in a shallow bowl and top with a both salted egg yolk and fried shallots and carefully place pork floss on top of the other two ingredients.
3. Garnish with sesame seeds and spring onions.
4. Carefully pour tempura sauce around tofu and serve.
* If you like more shallots, place more on the side of tofu.