Jul 23, 2023

Steamed Tofu and Egg with Ground Pork Toppings 肉末豆腐蒸蛋

This is more of a milder rice-killing dish. If making for kids, simply omit the chilies used in the recipe. However, for adults, a little spicy kick will only make the tofu even tastier. 

Steamed tofu and egg with ground pork toppings 肉末豆腐蒸蛋 - 

Steamed tofu and egg with ground pork toppings


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 box/300 grams silken tofu
  • 1 small box/less than 1lb ground pork
  • 1 string scallion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small chunk young ginger
  • 1 red chili (or 1 teaspoon of chopped chili sauce, optional)
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup room temperature water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Some corn starch and water mixture


If using fresh chili, destem and chop the remaining. Destem and chop the scallion. Scrape the skin of young ginger then give it a fine chop. Peel and chop the garlic cloves. Drain the tofu and slice to medium size cubes. Prepare the corn starch and water mixture on the side.

Beat 3 eggs in a bowl along with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Mix in 1/3 cup of room temperature water and beat again. Skim-off the bubbles on top.

Beaten egg and water mixture

Prepare a serving dish with some depth that can be used in a steamer. If you're not sure, try to find something that's oven-safe. 

Add the cubed tofu to the serving dish and make sure it spreads out evenly. Pour the beaten egg over. Cover with cling foil and poke some holes to allow the steam to escape. The holes can also keep out any water dripping down.

Beaten egg and tofu mixture

Steam for 15 minutes. It's ok if you over-steam it, the texture of the egg and tofu mixture won't get too hard even with longer steaming time. Once ready, remove the container from the steamer and also remove the cling foil.

Steamed beaten egg and tofu

Not let's prepare the ground pork toppings. Use a pan and drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Switch to medium heat. Transfer ground pork over and stir-fry till almost changed color, that means almost cooked-through.

Add in garlic and ginger. Also add in chilies if using. Stir-fry till aromatic.

Stir-frying ground pork with aromatics

Add in 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. Give it a mix and let it cook for a little longer. Once the pork seemed absorbed the sauce, switch to lowest heat.

Have the corn starch and water mixture ready. Mix again right before using. Pour that to the pan while stirring the ground pork at the same time to prevent clumping. There's no need to add too much corn starch and water mixture because we are aiming for a slightly thickened consistency, not a sticky gooey topping.

Seasoning ground pork topping

Pour the ground pork right over steamed tofu and egg. Garnish with some chopped scallion.

Steamed tofu and egg with ground pork toppings

Steamed tofu and egg with ground pork toppings

When enjoying this dish, simply scoop all the way down in order to get both the light steamed tofu and egg on the bottom together with flavorful toppings. 

Steamed tofu and egg with ground pork toppings

This dish is quite simple to make. In fact, I can recall eating similar version of it from elementary school's lunch boxes many times in Taiwan. Definitely one of the favorites among younger kids.   

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