Tokwa’t Baboy or Fried Tofu with Pork, is a popular dish in the Philippines as it is very easy to cook. It can be a viand, a side dish, a snack or pulutan. As a side dish, it complements any congee of your choice. It is also a good finger food (pulutan) on any drinking session. You will usually see this in small eateries in the country as most Filipinos love eating it. Should you want another finger food, you may try cooking Dynamite Sticks as well.
One remarkable thing about this dish is that it can be cooked as a stand-alone and you just need to have a vinegar or vinegar-soy sauce dip. With this recipe though, we have the combination of Fried Tofu and Pork to as it is better than having plain fried tofu. Just make sure that your dip is flavorful and this dish will surely be satisfying.
- 2-3 blocks about 500g (1 lb) tokwa (tofu)
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) oil
- 1 small onion chopped
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) vinegar
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) soy sauce
- 250 g (8oz) pork head, simmered in 1 hour, cubed (optional)
- 500 g (1 lb) pork shoulder, simmered 30mins, cubed
- 2-3 pcs sili panigang finger chili as spice (optional)
- Chopped spring onions to garnish (optional)
- 1-2 pinch of pepper (optional)
- Pat the tokwa (tofu) dry if it is moist, then cut into cubes. Heat oil and fry the tokwa (tofu) pieces in batches until they turn brown, about two to three minutes each side. Do not overcook. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
- *Another way is to cut the tokwa (tofu) in halves horizontally and fry for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and cut into cubes.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together onion, vinegar, finger chili, and soy sauce. Taste mixture; if it's too sour, add a little amount of water. Let stand for a few minutes for flavors to blend.
- In a large bowl, combine the diced pork head, pork shoulder and tokwa (tofu)
- Pour the soy sauce/vinegar/chili/onion mixture over the diced meats and tokwa (tofu). Stir to mix. Add pepper if desired. Also, if desired, garnish with spring onions.
- Serve as a side dish or finger food.
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