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The Legend of Pipa Tofu & My Birthday!

legend of pipa tofu with recipe
Yes, it's my birthday today! To thank all my friends & bloggers for their warmth wishes @ Facebook & to reward readers for their support to this site, I’m gonna introduce you to one of my family's favourite dishes.

This is also the fave food of one of the China’s Four Great Beauties, Xi Shi (西施). She is said to be “so entrancingly beautiful that fish would forget to swim & sink away from the surface when she walks by”.
xi shi one of china four great beauties
Legend has it that #XiShi loved Tofu, beancurd made locally known to be the best in the China; & Pipa Tofu was her fave. The name derived from a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument. Sometimes called the Chinese #lute, the instrument has a pear-shaped wooden body.

pipa tofu dish derived from chinese lute

There’re many versions of #PipaTofu in the market. Readers who have been following my recipes will know that I love to incorporate both East & West ingredients to come up with fusion dishes. I’ve fine-tuned mine to include Bacon bits in this Oriental Tofu.

petitchef features pipa tofu recipe
I'm honoured that this recipe has been featured @ PtitChef. Well, you’re gonna to learn how to make this legendary dish!

Here’s what you need to play the beautiful piece:

300g Pressed Tofu
1 Fish fillet
50g Minced pork/chicken
5 Chinese mushrooms
1 Egg-white (lightly beaten)
1 tsp Chopped carrots
1 tsp Bacon bits
1 tsp Oyster sauce
½ tsp Cornflour
Pinch of pepper & salt

(to add a royalty touch, I’ve used Premium Abalone Sauce instead of Oyster to make the sauce):
Stock from steamed Tofu
1 tbsp Mixed Vegetables
½ tsp Premium Abalone Sauce
½ tsp Sesame oil
1 tsp Cornstarch
Dash of Chinese wine

The Sonata:
  1. Chop fillet & mash with Tofu. Mix thoroughly with all other ingredients.
  2. how to make chinese pipa tofu
  3. Using a Chinese soup spoon, gently mould the Tofu into Pipa shape. Pinch one end of Tofu to make a sharper end.
  4. how to make chinese pipa tofu dish
  5. Steam Tofu for about 5 mins. Remove from steamer & drain stock into small pan to make stock.
  6. how to make chinese steamed pipa tofu
  7. Coat Tofu with flour. You may want to wait for it to cool down a little.
  8. how to cook deep fried pipa tofu dish
  9. Heat oil & deep-fry Tofu till golden brown. Turn gently to avoid breaking them. Drain oil & dish onto serving plate.
  10. Heat pan & add mixed vegetables to stock. Cook till soft & add cornstarch to thicken sauce.
  11. legend of Pipa Tofu with Recipe
  12. Dribble sauce over Tofu & serve hot.
I’ve used Press Tofu here which is good for pan fried & deep fried dishes. If you dislike fried food, simply skip step 4 & 5. Buy the Extra Smooth Silken Tofu to get a softer texture if you’re only going to steam. Check out the featured Cute Little Steamed Tofu for another healthier choice!


  1. Hi Shirley,

    First off, Happy Birthday! I hope whatever you wished for will come true and that you were able to spend this special day with the ones you love most in your life. Here's to many more happy birthdays full of delicious food!

    What a great post, Shirley! I enjoyed hearing the story about Xi Shi again (my dad told it to me before). This is such a great dish. I love that you used abalone sauce to add a royal touch :-P. I'm going to have to bookmark this and try it sometime. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe with us.

    Enjoy the rest of your birthday. Hope you're getting pampered. My son's turning two tomorrow :-D

  2. Happy Birthday! and very nice looking tofu you got here :)

  3. Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to Shirley
    Happy Birthday to you
    (Live from M'sia) haha....
    Wishing you the very best & may many more happy returns. Enjoy your day!
    Btw, your tofu dish looks really luscious. Is it enough for all of us? ^_^
    Blessings, Kristy

  4. Happy Birthday once again!

    Wow! i love this too but never seems to get it right, shall try yours one of these days. It really makes me drools........ lol

  5. Happy Birthday Shirley :) This tofu dish looks so delicious! I love tofu and always have it in some form or other our daily meals.


  7. Gosh always wanted to know how to make these! so yummy

  8. Happy Birthday! What a tasty looking treat!

  9. Thks everyone, for all your greetings!

    Lequan, I wish your wishes will come true too! Thks for bookmarking this recipe & Happy Bday to ur son :)

    Kristy, sending my love to u from S'pore too!

    Choo, hope u'll get it right this time with the step-by-step instructions.

    Penny, now that u noe...... will u make some for us?? Hahaha!

  10. Hi, Happy Birthday, Shirley!!! Hope you had a great time. Love your pipa tofu dish....looks very delicious and beautiful in presentation.

  11. Thks, Mary! Finally get to see u here! Thought u've forgotten all about me after your long holiday. Hahaha!

  12. Happy birthday! This sounds like a great preparation of tofu!

  13. Great post! I’m looking to make some changes in my own eating habits, so I appreciate your insight a lot! Thank you. I recently stumbled upon this blog like I did yours and I thought your readers may appreciate it:

    I’ve started to look for their stuff more regularly and I think I’m going to add your blog to my list as well. Thanks for the post!


  14. Happy birthday! I like how you added bacon!

  15. hi Shirley
    I am so sorry I missed your birthday, I hope you had a wonderful day!! Thanks so much for such a lovely recipe, it sounds delicious!!

  16. Natasha, thks for dropping by!

    Amy, appreciate your comments & I've popped by your ref & left my footprint there :)

    Simply Life, thks for wishes!

    Pigpigscorner, thks & I'll be popping by.

    Chef Dennis, thks for the kind thoughts! Better late than never :)

  17. Happy Birthday! This sounds like a great dish!

  18. Happy Birthday again my dear friend...
    This is such a beautiful post, I love they way you have introduced this beautiful dish :)

  19. Oh dear!! I've been so busy, I missed your birthday :P So sorry! But oh my, you're Scorpio too?? So many Scorpio food bloggers LOL I wonder what that says ;)

    Hope it was a wonderful day for you. I love any kind of tofu dish and your Pipa Tofu is beautiful!!

  20. Peggy, thks!

    Alisha, u're always so sweet!

    Denise, I forgive u. Hahaha! I know u must be busy with your challenge :) Yap, another poisonous one. Hahaha! Thks so much :)


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