Adobong Sitaw With Crunchy Fried Tofu: A Filipino-Inspired Dish

Updated on December 6, 2018
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Adobo is a Filipino marinade that provides the primary flavor of one of the most popular national dishes. Typically, adobo dishes are made with meat or seafood, but I decided to make a vegetable version with sitaw, or string beans, and tofu. Tofu is made by coagulating soy milk and pressing it to form soft or hard white blocks. It is a common ingredient in many Asian cuisines. It's easy to cook, and it's nutritious, too.

I call this dish adobong sitaw with crunchy fried tofu. Let's start cooking!

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adobong sitaw recipe and ingredients
adobong sitaw recipe and ingredients | Source

Ingredients

  • 100 grams string beans, trimmed and snapped 3 inches long
  • 100 grams tofu
  • 1 tablespoon onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/4 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • water, as needed
  • crispy fried garlic bits, optional

Utensils

For Preparation:

  • 2 medium bowls
  • 3 small bowls
  • 1 small plate
  • measuring spoons
  • chopping board
  • knife

For Cooking:

  • frying pan
  • tongs
  • strainer
  • bowl
  • saute pan
  • cooking spoon

Instructions

  1. Heat enough amount of oil in a deep fryer or frying pan. Cook tofu until golden brown. Set aside.
  2. Mix soy sauce, vinegar, white sugar, salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Taste to adjust the seasoning if needed. Set aside.
  3. In a separate pan, saute onion and garlic.
  4. Mix in water and the seasonings.
  5. Add the string beans. Cook until tender.
  6. Toss in fried tofu.
  7. Turn off the heat. Serve it with optional crispy fried garlic bits on top.
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Tips and Techniques

  1. Double the amount of soy sauce, vinegar, white sugar, salt, black pepper, and water to achieve a saucy adobo.
  2. Mix first the seasonings in a bowl and taste before adding it. In this way, you can make the necessary adjustments.
  3. Bear in mind that the taste of seasonings may vary according to brand and type. For example, low-sodium soy sauce is available in the market.
  4. Try topping the dish with homemade crispy fried garlic bits.

Questions & Answers

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      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        3 days ago from California

        Hello Liz,

        That can be a good title. Straight to the point and somthing interesting.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 days ago from UK

        Dishes from my travels?

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        4 days ago from California

        Hi Eric,

        I love the mix of your tofu. Raw brown sugar is good as this ingredient will make a fried tofu tastes better. I'll try your simple recipe next time!

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        4 days ago from California

        Hello Liz,

        I'm looking forward to that too! LOL I wonder what will be the title of my very first book? Any suggestions? ('',)

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        4 days ago from California

        Hi Mary,

        I like to replace any meats with tofu because the texture if well well prepared, it gives similar texture. I guess you have a menu for lunch or dinner today! Thank you for dropping by.

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        Eric Dierker 

        4 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Count me in. I hope it works OK with a raw brown sugar and mixing less salt with no salt seasoning. Crispy Tofu and Garlic --- yum.

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        Liz Westwood 

        4 days ago from UK

        I am waiting for your cookery book to get published with all these great recipes.

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        Mary Norton 

        4 days ago from Ontario, Canada

        I thought about sitaw last night and had a craving for it. I have not tried it with crispy tofu so this is something new to add to our menu selection.

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