Tahu Telur – Indonesian Tofu Omelette
( Lean Version)
I first came across this in Singapore. A friend of mine took me to an Indonesian Restaurant and we ordered this. It was absolutely lovely. The omelette was soft and the sauces went well with it.
I encountered it several times later. Once was in the Food Court in Petronas Twin Tower shopping area. It was served as a tower and the eggs were actually fried in pieces and sort of moulded and served as a tower and the presentation was good. The one that I had in Singapore was actually served flat as an omelette.
I ordered this when I was in Jakarta years ago. I have tried several other Indonesian restaurants and each has its unique selling point. All of them were delicious!
I tried this and it turned out well. My family loves it. I served it with sweet soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce instead of making the sauce as some restaurants do.
This recipe is super easy. I usually have a box or two of tofu in my store cupboard. This is good if you need to cook something tasty in a jiffy.
I have made this using less oil. The tall ( tower-type) tahu telur is deep fried in oil, while the omelette type is fried like a normal omelette, and stacked up. I am using a presentation ring so that I can get the omelette higher than the normal pan frying method.
Here is the recipe.
Time: 20 mins
Per recipe: 26
5 Large eggs
1 packet Silken Tofu (approx 349g or around this weight)
2 stalks Spring onion – chopped
Salt and white pepper powder
¼ Carrot – julienned
¼ Cucumber – julienned
1 Spring onion – cut to 4cm length and thinly sliced
3 sprigs Fresh coriander – chopped
Sweet soy sauce
Sweet chili sauce
1 tbsp. Peanuts – dry roasted and pounded
1 tsp Sesame seeds – dry roasted
Oil for frying or calorie controlled spray
You will need a set or one presentation ring to cook the omelette.
(mine comes in a set of 2 with a presser)
- Cut the tofu to about ½ cm thick slices. Then cut the whole thing into rectangular shape (into 4).
- Break the eggs into a bowl and whisk with a fork. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the tofu and the chopped spring onion and stir to combine.
- Divide into 4 equal portions. (I find this gives a better result as all the omelettes will be of the same height).
- Heat a frying pan and spray with calorie controlled spray. Spray inside of the presentation rings with oil as well, making sure that is all the covered with a thin layer of oil. Alternatively you can lightly brush it with oil.
- Put the presentation rings on the frying pan.
- When the pan is hot, pour or ladle one portion of the egg mixture into one of the rings. It will sizzle. Some of the egg will seep out, but that is ok. When the egg firms up, remove the seepage and put it back into the rings.
- Let the omelette cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. You can check that the bottom of omelette is done by lifting it and taking a peep.
- Heat up a grill to medium.
- Once you like the colour of the bottom of the omelette, remove the pan from the fire and place under the grill. Grill for about 4 to 5 minutes, checking it so that it doesn’t burn.
- Once the omelette is lightly browned, it should be firm.
- Remove the pan from the grill. Lift the rings and carefully remove the omelette from the rings.
- Repeat with the 2 remaining portions.
- Place the omelette on a serving plate and garnish with the vegetables.
- Drizzle with the sauces and you are ready to go!
- Serve with rice and other accompaniments.