Try These Tokwa Recipes With Oyster Sauce

Make tofu the star of these tasty meals!

Tokwa or tofu does not need to be a substitute for meat. Tofu is a great ingredient to make for meatless meals, but it’s also an ingredient that can stand on its own. We love pairing it with a super flavorful sauce like oyster sauce, so it’s doesn’t become a bland and boring dish.  

Make tokwa the main ingredient in these recipes with tofu in oyster sauce:

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1 Tokwa’t Baboy with Taosi Recipe  

What we love about this recipe is that simple flavors get a total makeover of the flavors that are added to the dish. You not only get a delicious combination of the vinegar-onion dipping sauce but you also get the saltiness and umami from the fermented black beans and the oyster sauce. This super flavorful sauce is soaked up by the tofu and the pork, giving you a new reason to love this combo even more. Plus, it’s a great ulam for more than just your typical lugaw

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2 Stir-fried Tofu with Oyster Sauce Recipe 

Big tofu squares become super hearty and flavorful with a sauce that’s made with oyster sauce. The chunks of green and red bell peppers add another dimension of sweet flavors to a dish that can taste like the sea and nothing else.  

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3 Tofu in Black Bean Sauce Recipe 

If you’re a fan of fermented black beans, you’ll love that there are more ways to use this than just in one way. For this recipe, you get all the flavors of the black beans plus oyster sauce and soy sauce to create a simple but very tasty sauce. The garlic and ginger gives it that kick in flavor that makes this differnt from other tofu recipes.   


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4 Sizzling Tofu Stir Fry Recipe 

This sizzling plate of tofu has the salty, umami flavors you expect from a sauce that has oyster sauce. However, to make this even more addictive, the sauce is given a sweetness from the brown sugar that allows it to caramelize once the dish is transferred to this super hot plate and served. 

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5 Spicy Tofu Stir Fry Recipe 

Tofu is a great ingredient to use when you have a flavorful sauce or soup to go with it. If you’re someone who loves spicy dishes, this stir fry is perfect for your taste buds! This combines the usual flavors you love with tofu, including oyster sauce and garlic, but it also includes the Chinese sweet barbecue sauce, hoisin sauce, sugar, and a big spoonful of red chill flakes to make it super appetizing! 

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6 Pork and Tofu Stir Fry Recipe  

Sometimes, you want a heartier meal than a simple one. This recipe is a perfect example of how easy a seemingly complicated recipe can be! This is a fast and easy recipe despite the number of ingredients this dish contains. Apart from the tofu, this stir fry is loaded with cubes of pork tenderloin, chicharo or snow peas, togue or bean sprouts, cashew nuts, and bell peppers.

The sauce is a complex one where the oyster sauce only makes up part of the flavor profile. It’s a sweet, salty mix of oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, and the Indonesian soy sauce kecap manis, or sweet soy sauce. All these flavors come together into an appetizing dish that you’ll want another plate of seconds.  

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7 Chinese Stuffed Tofu Recipe 

When you want to elevate your meal into one that might be served at a restaurant or you just want to impress, this deceptively complicated simple recipe should do the trick. This is simply steamed tofu stuffed with a meatball. 

Stuffing it is the hard part but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy. You’ll also find it’s super delicious, too!   


Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

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