Just like tahu telur, this tahu gunting or also known as tahu tek is very popular in East Java. It is a dish that contain fried tofu (tahu), beansprout, cucumber and rice cake (lontong) with peanut-petis sauce. The tofu is cut using a scissor (gunting) rather than a knife. That's why it is called tahu gunting.
By Seri Masak Femina Primarasa via Mlebu Pawon
4 firm tofu
100 gr bean sprout, trimmed
2 - 3 stalks Asian celery
2 tsp palm sugar
1 tbs peanuts, fried
2 tbs petis udang/dark shrimp paste
2 tbs sweet soy sauce
75 ml water
1 tsp vinegar 5% (I didn't use it)
1/4 tsp salt
Heat oil on a wok. Fry the tofu until golden brown (marinade with garlic, coriander and salt if you like). Drain and cut cube.
Place bean sprout on a bowl. Pour in hot boiling water. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove and drain.
Peel the cucumber (I didn't do that to add green colour on the dish), discard the seed and chopped.
Wash the celery and finely chopped.
for sauce: Grind garlic, chilies, palm sugar and peanuts until fine. Add petis, water and sweet soy sauce. Mix well. Add the vinegar. Mix well. Taste with salt if necessary.
Serving: Slice ketupat/lontong, place on a plate. Top with the fried tofu, bean sprout, and cucumber. Pour the sauce. Garnish with celery and kerupuk.