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Minced fish with tofu (鱼蓉豆腐羹)


Recipe for Minced Fish with Tofu (鱼蓉豆腐羹)

Adapted and modifiedA Cook’s book of fish (鱼儿香)

230-250g fish flesh (net weight) (N1)
1 box smooth tofu/ beancurd (approx 300g)
100 ml chicken stock/ 鸡汤或上汤 (N2)
1-1½ tbsp cornstarch solutions (mix corn flour with some water)
1 tbsp chopped spring onions
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

½ tsp salt
¼ tsp sugar
¼ tsp sesame oil
1/8 tsp pepper


  1. Heat up oil to pan-fry fish until cooked properly. Dish up. De-bone, flake out and loosen the fish flesh. Set aside.
  2. Remove tofu from the box. Pat dry with kitchen towel. Cut into 2cm cubes.
  3. Heat up 1 tbsp oil to slightly pan-fry the tofu cubes. Then add in fish flesh and stir-fry until fragrant.
  4. Add in seasonings and stir-fry until well combined.
  5. Pour in chicken stock and bring it to a boil. Simmer for a while.
  6. Thicken the dish with cornstarch solutions.
  7. Sprinkle with chopped spring onions and chopped coriander leaves. (N5)
  8. Dish up and serve when it is hot.


  1. The original recipe called for grouper haddock/ ikan kerapu (石斑鱼) but I used threadfin/ ikan kurau fish fillet (马友鱼). If you cook this dish for kids, it is recommended to use fish fillet because less risk of omitting fish bones during the process of de-boning.
  2. I mixed 1 teaspoon of Maggi chicken concentrate stock with 100 ml water to make the stock. You do not need to use all the stocks. It depends on the consistency you require for the dish.
  3. Do not over-stir the ingredients. Otherwise, they will turn mushy.
  4. Refer to this post on how to remove tofu/ beancurd.
  5. Before dishing up, you can add a dash of pepper and sesame oil to give this dish extra flavour.
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  1. Ching says:

    Thanks for sharing this easy recipe. But I would probably omit the pan-frying of fish and tofu all together.

    • food-4tots says:

      Ching: If you use the whole fish ie grouper haddock, how do you mince the fish flesh without pan-frying? Just wonder. 😉

      • Rene3446 says:

        How abt using the frozen sutchi fillets avail at major supermkts? They cook easy and if u realli want minced fish, u can always steam the fillets first, and break it up.

        Also i wld add some chinese wolfberries to spice up the colors and increase the nutritional value.

  2. I love your pictures….
    The fish and tofu are a logical and delicious combination.

    Angie’s Recipes

  3. Selba says:

    This is a nice dish of tofu. At home, instead of minced fish, my mom uses minced pork 🙂

  4. This is a great weeknight recipe! Looks great with rice.

  5. Little Inbox says:

    Great, like you said both are good source of Protein. It’s suitable for kids and adults too.

  6. Cookie says:

    This dish reminds me of my childhood in Shanghai. I LOVED soft tofu dishes whether it had ground pork, shrimp or fish in it or all of them! 🙂

  7. Amy says:

    Okay, see…this is a recipe that I would love, but would not go over well with my husband or kids. SO, it goes in the stack of “must make when nobody is home.” Looks so good.

  8. Ohh… favorite ingredient. Must give it a try as it looks really delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  9. ck lam says:

    This dish is suitable for everyone…both tofu and fish are healthy ingredients.

  10. Thanks for this wonderful dish. Never tried fish with tofu before, should be very tasty from the look of your photo.

  11. Alice says:

    Healthy and delicious! especially for kids!

  12. lingzie says:

    oooo tofu! i love tofu! this looks interesting. i wouldn’t think of pairing fish meat with tofu (for fear of fishy smell) so must get really fresh fish! 🙂

  13. mycookinghut says:

    Looks like a great idea for a healthy meal! 🙂 What kind of fish did you use?

  14. wow this is such a simple dish and yet so delicious!

  15. email2me says:

    This is just like the way my mom cook for me last time when in hurry. Simple yet delicious. My mom use mackerel (Fish to make yong tau fu) to cook it usually. Feel more bouncy.

  16. noobcook says:

    This looks so healthy, wholesome and delicious 🙂

  17. Very nice! It’s so home-styled and Asian. And best of all, easy to eat (for kids of all ages).

  18. Christine says:

    This will be great for the kids, although I have found lately that fish has become quite expensive to have more than once a week, especially if you want fresh fish. We can get frozen fish but it’s just not the same, always comes out “watery” and even has a smell. Is it just me?

    • food-4tots says:

      Christine: I also noticed that price for fish is going up lately. We are still considered lucky to get fresh and reasonable fish over here. Haven’t faced your problem before. 😉

  19. Sounds like a quick and delicious dish! Spring onions and coriander leaves are the perfect accents.

  20. Dora says:

    Got fishy smell? Maybe can add ginger too?

    • food-4tots says:

      Dora: Besides pan-frying the fish, both seasonings and fresh herbs (spring onions and coriander) also helps in getting rid of the fishy smell and adding flavour to the fish too. Do give it try! 😉

  21. tigerfish says:

    It sounds so comforting.

  22. Bryan V. says:

    The fish and tofu combination is new to me! gotta try it soon.

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