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Tofu & Mushroom Steam recipe

Updated on April 29, 2010

Tofu Mushroom steam recipe ala Indonesia

Ever since I moved to a new country, one of my cravings is my hometown dish. One of the popular dishes is called Pepes (Steamed Roll in Banana Leaves). There are many types of Pepes, such as fish, chicken, tofu, mushroom, etc. Below is the recipe of tofu & mushroom steam - Indonesian style (which I have twisted to my taste :P). Widely known as Pepes Tahu Jamur, it is easy to make and suitable for vegetarian too :)

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Ingredients for Tofu & Mushroom Steam - Serve 3-4 persons

  • 400 g / 2 medium size of chinese tofu (tau kwa)
  • 400 g / 1 can of sliced mushroom
  • 1 chicken egg
  • 2 stems of lemon grass
  • 5 pieces of white nuts/candle nuts (buah kalak/kemiri)
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 12 (small)/6 (big) red onions
  • 5 lime leaves
  • 2 tbsp tamarind assam paste
  • 2 big red chillies
  • 6 chilli padies (optional-you may omit this one if you don't like spicy food)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • salt, to your taste
  • banana leaves
  • tooth picks

You can buy some of the ingredients online

If you can't find the candle nuts...

You can use "Kokita Indonesian Essential Seasoning Mix C" above. If you use this seasoning, you can lessen the amount of red onions, garlic, sugar, and salt used in the mix.

Level of spiciness is determined by the chilli padies - kindly alter the amount to your taste :)

How to make Tofu Mushroom steam? - First of all: smash and mix :)

Mixed tofu and mushroom
Mixed tofu and mushroom

Ingredients you need to smash:

  • chinese tofu
  • candle nut
  • garlic
  • red onion
  • chilli padi

Then, sliced thinly the lemon grass, the big red chillies, and the lime leaves.

Mixed everything (the smashed and the sliced ingredients above) with:

  • diluted tamarind paste (dilute the paste with warm water, omit the seeds)
  • sliced mushroom
  • the chicken egg
  • sugar
  • salt

You can see the result as shown in the picture above.

The tool to smash - Tofu & Mushroom mix

You may be wondering how did I smash all those ingredients above? Well, I used this:

Stone (Granite) Mortar and Pestle, 7 in, 2+ cup capacity
Stone (Granite) Mortar and Pestle, 7 in, 2+ cup capacity

Handmade from a single block of granite

Item Weight: 12 pounds, Shipping Weight: 12 pounds

Also available in 1.5+ cup and 3+ cup capacity


A Great Alternative :P - As tool to smash the Tofu & Mushroom mix

But if you want to save on your energy (and all those sweats) and time, you can also use the alternatives below :)

The next step - Roll it with banana leaves

Roll the tofu & mushroom mix
Roll the tofu & mushroom mix

You need to soak the banana leaves in a boiled water first so that the leaves won't be easily broken. Afterwards, wipe dry the banana leaves and cut it in a rectangle form as shown above (the size is about 20 x 30 cm).

Put about 2-3 tablespoon of the mix as shown in the picture above, roll, and fasten both sides with tooth picks.

The cooking part - Steam the rolls

Steam the rolls
Steam the rolls

Once you finished rolling the whole mix, you can arrange the rolls in the steamer as shown in the picture above. The steaming process took about 25-30 minutes.

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Finished! - You can eat it directly or grill before eating

Tofu mushroom steam
Tofu mushroom steam

A wonderful accompaniment with steam rice:) If you want more authentic taste, you can grill the steamed rolls further before eating it. Above picture is the steamed version. Enjoy!

Thanks a lot :D

for my friends: and who took wonderful pics and participated in the cooking process. Let's do it again :D

What do you think of this Tofu & Mushroom Steam recipe?

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      Ideaslady 7 years ago

      Hi Emily, me too! Tamarind paste is one of my fave asian cooking ingredients. Let me know the result of your experiment. I hope you like the taste and smell:) Enjoy:)

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      I love tamarind! Never saw it in a recipe before. Nice lens! Love the idea, and we happen to grow bananas, so I shall have to do some experimenting with the leaves. Great idea, here!

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      LoKackl 8 years ago

      Great lens about a delicious looking food!

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      Mandy 8 years ago from Montana

      I love the way you presented this recipe! I cant wait to get some of my own recipes on here! Great lens!

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      Ideaslady 8 years ago

      Thank you all for your kind comments:) I hope you like the dish as well :D

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      jbarnhart41 8 years ago

      Good job on this the pictures! Blessed :)

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      LilyWriter 8 years ago

      great lens! Looking forward to seeing more recipe lenses

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      WOW WOW! What a great job, my dear friend! :D Keep up your good work!!! :D I wanna see more! :D

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      Love your pictures. It looks really good!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Chef Phenny! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

      I luv the freshness of all the herbs and spices - GREAT job!!! =)

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Well done, and welcome to Squidoo! This sounds tasty.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Well done and welcome to Squidoo! This sounds tasty.