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Tahu Tek or loosely translated as Tofu and Bean Sprout Salad with Dark Peanut Sauce is commonly found in Surabaya and its suburban. The tahu tek hawkers bring a pushcart on streets and make noises by hitting a spoon on the wok “tek tek tek…” These little noises are a sign to let people in the house or on the street that there is a tahu tek seller. They are usually out off and start selling on the streets after 7 pm.

Now you know where the name of tahu tek came from as tahu lterally means tofu and tek is the noise that the hawkers make.

This is what I miss about my home country. There are many food hawkers late night on the street. We just wait at home for those food pushcarts.

There are two kinds of tahu tek that these hawkers sell, a regular and special one. The difference is only adding egg to make tofu omelet while the regular is only used cut tofu. That is the reason why it’s called tahu gunting too. Gunting has two different meanings; “to cut” and “a scissor”.

Tahu Tek (Tahu Gunting) Surabaya
-Surabaya Style Tofu and Bean Sprout Salad with Dark Peanut Sauce-

Ingredients:
Tofu Omellet*:
200 g mediun tofu, cubed
2 egg
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Sauce:
2 tbsps kecap manis
water
2 tbsps petis udang (dark shrimp paste)

Grind or pound into a paste:
4 tbsp roasted/fried peanuts
2 cloves garlic (I like using roasted garlic)
3 bird eye chilies (reduce or add the amount depend on your palate)
salt as desired

Complement:
lontong (rice cakes), cut into pieces
boiled potatoes, cubed
bean sprouts
green onions, finely sliced
Chinese celery leaves, finely sliced
kerupuk bawang (garlic crackers)
fried shallot flakes

Methods:
Tofu Omelet:
1. Beat the egg with salt and ground white pepper until mix.
2. Throw in the tofu cubes to the egg mixture.
3. Divide mixture into two and make two omelets on a wok or pan. Set aside.

Sauce:
1. Grind garlics and chilies until mix. Add peanuts and grind until a bit smooth (I like making a bit crunchy not too smooth).
2. Add other sauce ingredients. Combine until mix.

Plating:
On a plate, add lontong, potato and tofu omelet. Top with bean sprouts and ladle the sauce over. Sprinkle Chinese celery leaves, fried shallot flakes, green onions over. Add garlic crackers on the side.

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  1. Arudhi February 26, 2011 At 7:48 PMAaaah…enaknyaaa…mau bikin juga! Thanks for sharing the recipe!Reply
  2. penny aka jeroxie February 26, 2011 At 9:35 PMLooks so good. I love the flavours and the textures.Reply
  3. Arudhi February 27, 2011 At 2:48 AMAaaah…enaknyaaa…mau bikin juga! Thanks for sharing the recipe!Reply
  4. Little Corner of Min February 27, 2011 At 3:25 AMIt looks like a spicy and refreshing salad.Reply
  5. penny aka jeroxie February 27, 2011 At 4:35 AMLooks so good. I love the flavours and the textures.Reply
  6. Cooking Gallery February 27, 2011 At 5:01 AMI want those Krupuks…;D)!!!Reply
  7. Little Corner of Mine February 27, 2011 At 10:25 AMIt looks like a spicy and refreshing salad.Reply
  8. noobcook February 27, 2011 At 11:56 AMyour dark peanut sauce reminds me a little of our local rojak sauce. I love hawker food too.Reply
  9. Cooking Gallery February 27, 2011 At 12:01 PMI want those Krupuks…;D)!!!Reply
  10. noobcook February 27, 2011 At 6:56 PMyour dark peanut sauce reminds me a little of our local rojak sauce. I love hawker food too.Reply
  11. mycookinghut February 27, 2011 At 7:06 PMLooks very good! The krupuk is a great addition!Reply
  12. mycookinghut February 28, 2011 At 2:06 AMLooks very good! The krupuk is a great addition!Reply
  13. tigerfish February 28, 2011 At 5:12 AMOh yeah, that is some “killer” sauce. ;pReply
  14. tigerfish February 28, 2011 At 12:12 PMOh yeah, that is some “killer” sauce. ;pReply
  15. Add A Little Love February 28, 2011 At 1:35 PMLove your photos. They look so warm and welcoming. Became a follower already.Reply
  16. Jun February 28, 2011 At 6:53 PMMy favorite! Do we have to stir-fry the paste and shrimp paste before mixing it with kecap manis?Reply
  17. Add A Little Love February 28, 2011 At 8:35 PMLove your photos. They look so warm and welcoming. Became a follower already.Reply
  18. Jun March 1, 2011 At 1:53 AMMy favorite! Do we have to stir-fry the paste and shrimp paste before mixing it with kecap manis?Reply
  19. Dimah March 1, 2011 At 2:25 AMinteresting recipe..looks delicious!Reply
  20. Dimah March 1, 2011 At 9:25 AMinteresting recipe..looks delicious!Reply
  21. Sophie ala Mode March 1, 2011 At 3:18 PMWah keliatannya enak sekaliReply
  22. Sophie ala Mode March 1, 2011 At 10:18 PMWah keliatannya enak sekaliReply
  23. A Thought For Food March 4, 2011 At 1:43 PMI love how the tofu looks like slabs of mozzarella cheese. Just a beautiful recipe and lovely pictures.Reply
  24. Tiffany March 5, 2011 At 2:08 PMThis looks tasty!Reply
  25. Tiffany March 5, 2011 At 9:08 PMThis looks tasty!Reply
  26. Anna’s Table March 6, 2011 At 4:25 PMI enjoyed reading about the origins of this dish. The tofu salad looks so colourful and tasty.Reply
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