Golden Dust Tofu with Salted Egg Yolk Sauce

Ingredients

    • 1 block soft tofu
    • 3 salted duck eggs
    • 1/4 cup potato starch
    • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
    • cooking oil
    • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • Slice the tofu block into smaller pieces about 1-inch thick, then wrap/place them in several layers of paper towel. Place a moderately heavy object on top to drain out excess water for about 15 minutes. Be careful, if the object is too heavy, it may break the tofu.
  • While draining out water from the tofu, place the salted duck eggs in a small pot and cover with water. Bring it to a boil and then slightly reduce the heat and boil for another 10 minutes.
  • Rinse the eggs under cold water, then peel and discard the whites. Use a fork to mash the salted egg yolks finely, or use a spoon and press them against a sieve (mesh strainer).
  • In a shallow plate, mix together potato starch, all purpose flour, baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Heat a generous amount of oil to 300-320ºF (150-160ºC) in a deep fryer or medium saucepan. Pat dry and then coat each tofu piece with the flour mixture, shaking off excess flour and immediately deep fry for about 3 minutes until they turn lightly golden.
  • Remove the tofu and let cool slightly on a plate lined with paper towel or a wired rack. After a few minutes, bring the oil to 355ºF (180ºC) and deep fry the tofu the second time. This time, fry for about 1-1½ minutes until the tofu is golden and crispy. Remove the tofu to a plate lined with paper towel or a wired rack.
  • Heat a deep pan over medium heat (I recommend doing this after the first fry in Step 4, while waiting for a few minutes before frying the second time in Step 5). Add some oil and once the oil is hot, add minced garlic and sauté for a few seconds until fragrant. Add the mashed salted egg yolk and ¼ teaspoon of salt (to taste). Stir and break up the egg yolk pieces and let it absorb the oil. When it starts to look like a thick foamy sauce, adjust the heat to low and add butter. Stir to melt the butter and form a creamy sauce. This shouldn't take long, otherwise, the sauce may separate.
  • Immediately add the fried tofu pieces to the pan and quickly but gently shake the pan or use a wooden spoon to move the tofu pieces around and coat them with the sauce. Transfer to a serving plate and serve right away.