Hotplate Egg Tofu with Minced Meat

Hot plate tofu dishes are commonly available at Cze Char stalls and Chinese restaurants and it is the one dish that I must order when I’m having my meals there. It is the sizzling sound from the hotplate when the dish is being served that makes this simple dish very appealing and appetising. 

It is not that difficult to cook this dish at home. Even if you don’t have a hotplate lying around, you can easily use a frying pan or a skillet to serve this dish. But of course, try to get a hotplate if possible. To me the sight and sound of the sauce sizzling in the hotplate makes a difference.

Use a frying pan or skillet if hotplate is unavailable

You can also skip the minced meat and add only seafood if you like. Egg tofu is essential for this dish for its slightly eggy flavour and soft silky smooth texture, which go very well with the sauce.

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Hot Plate Egg Tofu with Minced Meat

If you don’t have a hotplate lying around, you can easily use a frying pan or a skillet to serve this dish.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Hotplate Egg Tofu, Sizzling hot dish
Author: Shiokman Eddie
  • 2 Tbsp chopped garlic
  • 250 g minced meat pork or chicken
  • 2 tubes egg tofu
  • 2 eggs
Vegetables of your choice
  • Capsicum bell pepper
  • Carrots
  • Sweet corns
  • Sweet peas
  • Fresh mushrooms
For blanching vegetables
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Water
Marinate for minced meat
  • 1 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • ½ Tbsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp shaoxing wine
  • ½ Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp chilli bean paste
  • Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 Tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 200 ml water
  1. Remove the egg tofu from its packaging and cut into slices.
  2. Carefully lower the tofu into a deep frying pan of hot oil.
  3. Handle with care as the tofu is fragile and breaks easily.
  4. Deep fry until golden brown.
  5. Remove fried tofu from the frying pan and drain excess oil with a paper towel.
  6. For the vegetables, you can use any non leafy types of your choice.
  7. Cut into smaller pieces. I like mine chunky.
  8. In a pot of boiling water, add cooking oil and salt.
  9. Blanch vegetables in the pot by adding the vegetables that need more cooking time first, followed by the rest. In all, blanch for at most 2 mins (to avoid over cooking). Vegetables should be undercooked at this stage.
  10. Remove all the vegetables onto a plate and set aside.
  11. Marinate minced pork or chicken with light soy sauce, pepper, shaoxing wine, sesame oil and cornstarch.
  12. Mix the ingredients well.
  13. Prepare sauce in a bowl by mixing light soy sauce, chilli bean paste, oyster sauce, shaoxing wine and water.
  14. In a frying pan, add oil and stir fry chopped garlic and marinated minced meat until almost cooked.
  15. Add the prepared sauce and mix well.
  16. Add cut fresh mushrooms (optional) and cook until softened.
  17. Add the blanched vegetables and stir briefly to coat with the sauce. Remove from the pan to avoid overcooking.
  18. Heat up a hotplate over the stove and apply a layer of oil evenly.
  19. Pour beaten eggs all over the base of the hotplate.
  20. Arrange the fried egg tofu slices on the omelette.
  21. Scoop the vegetables and meat sauce mixture over the egg tofu and omelette.
  22. Carefully lift the hotplate onto the wooden base and serve sizzling hot.
  23. If you don’t have a hotplate, use a frying pan or skillet.
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