Teochew braised cuisine is basically cooking with loads of spices & seeds together with duck, egg & tofu. But still I love the most is the braised tofu. I have tasted quite a number of it and found that almost different stalls serve different versions. Some salty & some sweet! And I love the sweet ones the most.
4 pcs fried tofu (do not use Japanese tofu)
3-1/2 cups water
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
3 pot of cloves
2 cardamom seeds
1 tspn sichuan pepper
1-1/2 tbsp vegetarian oyster sauce
1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp sugar (or to your taste)
(1) preheat a non-stick small pot with a little oil and then stir in cinnamon stick, star anise, cardamon pot, seeds & sichuan pepper. Saute till fragrant.
(2) now, add in water & all the seasonings and bring it to boil.
(3) add in fried tofu and simmer for about 15-20 mins or till gravy became thickened.