Fried Tofu (Tahu Goreng) Recipe

Tahu Goreng features crispy tofu cubes seasoned with a medley of aromatic spices, creating a symphony of flavors in every bite.


  • 1 block (14 oz) firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 red chili, finely chopped (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Chili Dipping Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (Indonesian chili paste)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced


  1. Cut the pressed tofu into bite-sized cubes and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the minced garlic, chopped shallot, chopped red chili, rice flour, cornstarch, ground coriander, ground turmeric, and salt until well combined.
  3. Add the tofu cubes to the spice mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated on all sides.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan or wok over medium-high heat.
  5. Once the oil is hot, carefully add the tofu cubes in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry the tofu until golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  6. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried tofu cubes to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together the sweet soy sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, sambal oelek, brown sugar, and minced garlic to make the chili dipping sauce.
  8. Serve the crispy Indonesian fried tofu hot with the chili dipping sauce on the side.
  9. Enjoy the delightful combination of crispy texture and aromatic spices in this classic Indonesian street food dish, perfect for snacking or as a side dish to your favorite meal!

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