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Spicy Cold Tofu

Spicy Cold Tofu

Spicy Cold Tofu

Also known as Liangban Tofu, this spicy cold tofu dish is perfect for an easy summer meal made with a Thai pepper sauce.

Tofu is a great food for all seasons – and cold tofu is especially great for summer days. It’s light, luscious and very easy to make For this recipe, you will use soft silken tofu instead of firm tofu. Firm and extra firm tofu is quite familiar to Chinese food lovers because they are so popular in stir frying dishes like Mapo tofu, pan-fried tofu dishes like this home style tofu and pan-fried tofu and soups like hot and sour soup.

Spicy Cold Tofu

But soft tofu is a little different, and it doesn’t handle quite the same way as firm or extra firm tofu does. In my hometown, the soft tofu is made with Chinese style Lushui coagulant, which makes it super elastic and soft. However, most of the silken tofu outside Sichuan province is made with GDL coagulant, which makes the tofu deliciously soft – but a little frail. You need to be just a little bit careful not to break them in the transferring process.

Except for that minor detail, this recipe is deliciously simple. The kick from the slightly sweet and sour chili sauce elevates the humble tofu to an impressive appetizer or side dish. It’s also almost the perfect snack, served with a cup of steaming green tea or an ice cold lager.

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Spicy Cold Tofu

Liangban: Spicy Cold Tofu

  • Author: Elaine Luo
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Also known as Liangban Tofu, this spicy cold tofu dish is perfect for an easy summer meal made with a Thai pepper sauce.


  • One box of silken tofu
  • Coriander leaves for decorating
  • 1 green onion (finely chopped)


  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon black vinegar
  • 2 fresh Thai peppers (you can replace it with chili oil)
  • 1/2 tablespoon toasted white sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 garlic clove (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 green onion (finely chopped)
  • 23 coriander stem (finely chopped)


  1. Carefully take your silken tofu out and cut into bite sized pieces. You can use it as a whole block too.
  2. Mix all the sauce ingredeints well in the small bowl and set aside for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Pour the sauce over the tofu and decorate with coriander leaves and chopped green onion. Serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 mins
  • Category: Main, Appetizer, Side
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: chinese, tofu, sichuan, chili, spicy

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