Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tamarind Glazed Beef with Tofu

One of the reasons why I love cooking beef is its versatility. You could create dishes from savory to sweet to sour or you could pretty much whip up anything that you crave for. Tamarind Glazed Beef with Tofu  is what I call an in between.  It's definitely for those days when you are not sure whether you want something sweet or sour... or both..

I'm sure you are intrigued or  maybe skeptical on how this dish taste but I understand.  When I fist made this dish, my family were too.  But if only I could show you their faces when they took their first bite, I'm sure you will be compelled to try it yourself.  This dish revealed itself as a surprise "hit". Think savory.  Think sweet and sour.  Think comfort food.  This dish will make your family say : "mom can you make this dish again tomorrow?"

Tamarind Glazed Beef with Tofu

2 tbsp cooking oil
1.5 lb.  beef sirloin, sliced in jullienne strips
1 medium size onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp tamarind mix (sinigang mix) dissolved in 1/2 c water
1 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp  kikkoman soy sauce
1/4 c brown sugar
tofu, sliced
green onions, sliced


Heat cooking oil in a wok over medium heat.  Add  garlic and onions and quickly stir fry until they are softened and translucent.  Add beef  and cook until meat is brown or until liquid gets reduced to almost dry.

Meanwhile, while the beef is cooking, prepare the sauce in a bowl by mixing tamarind mix dissolved in water, peanut buttee, soy sauce and brown sugar.  Make sure to dissolve the peanut butter.  Now if you want it more sour, you may want to add more sinigang mix into the mixture. 

When the beef is almost done, pour the sauce in.  Stir and cook until the suace is reduced until the sauce is thick.

Quickly add tofu and green onions.  Cook it for a few more minutes or until done.


  1. I'm feeling adventurous and would love to try this. reminds me of an Indian or Thai beef I had in a restaurant years ago. thanks for sharing!

  2. What an interesting dish, Malou! I can't remember having eaten beef with tofu nor tamarind, which are two of my favorite ingredients. I'm definitely going to try this!

  3. interesting with peanut butter in this looks delicious

  4. It's really intriguing but definitely a must try.

  5. YesGwen: I love the adventurous spirit. Thank you.

    Tina: I hope you try it because it s really good.

    Torviewtoronto: yes peanut butter and it gave it a notch higher.

    A: I hope you will. :)

  6. The tamarind and peanut butter is such a lovely combination. I like anything that's sweet and sour. By the way, I tagged you on the seven links challenge (see chocolate cake post), Malou.

  7. Just before I left for Serbia, I bought some tamarind paste. Now I have to wait until I return to see if I can make this dish. I am sure my family will love it - we love all the ingredients, and the sum has to be awesome!
    I hope your house-hunting is going well - good luck!

  8. I love these flavors...although I do not eat meat I would love to try this with the tofu :)

  9. Oh I love the flavors you put into this beef tips...tamarind is such an interesting variation, and with the peanut butter...oh my goodness! I'm off to my freezer to search for the sirloin I was keeping. Must try this tonight. Thanks for sharing, Malou!


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