Vietnamese tofu with tomato sauce: very fragrant!

Updated: 09/09/2022 – 15:09

Classic from Vietnam
Simply aromatic: Vietnamese tofu with tomato sauce


Photo: Shutterstock/Marie Shark

Is tofu boring? are you kidding me, are you serious when you say that! Vietnamese tofu with tomato sauce convinces you in a straight line.

Vietnamese tofu with tomato sauce is a simple yet nutritious dish and a staple of Vietnamese cuisine.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 450 g natural tofu
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 5 Roma tomatoes
  • oil (for frying)
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 spoon of salt
  • 2 spoons of sugar
  • 115 ml of water

And this is how it is done:


  1. Drain the tofu first: To do this, place the tofu on a cutting board with a kitchen towel underneath. Place a plate over the tofu and put some weight on it. Leave the water out for 30 minutes.
  2. If rice is to be served with it, wash well and cook according to package directions. Wash the tomatoes and roughly chop them. Wash the onions and cut them into thin rings.
  3. Heat a large enough pot with oil. Stick a stick in and check for bubbles – now the temperature is right. Fry tofu in batches in oil until golden. There should be enough space in the pot. Let the finished tofu pieces rest on a plate lined with paper towels.
  4. In another pot, heat some oil and sauté the garlic. Add tomatoes and top with fish sauce, salt, sugar and water. Bring everything to a boil over high heat, reduce to medium and simmer for 10 minutes to thicken the sauce a bit. Taste if necessary.
  5. Add the fried tofu to the sauce and toss it in. Let it boil for 3-5 minutes. Garnish with chopped onion and enjoy with rice.


Tofu is a true all-rounder. In Asia, the protein-rich bean curd is not only seen as a meat substitute, but as an integral part of the local cuisine. Whether carnivore or vegetarian: Vietnamese tofu with tomato sauce is a true classic of Vietnamese home cooking. It’s so simple, yet incredibly delicious – try it!


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