About this recipe:This is a very popular street food found around the Sunda region, western Java. Batagor is an acronym for Bakso Tahu Goreng (Fried Tofu Balls) although, it's not really a ball but more of a triangle shape. Tofu is stuffed with a mixture of savoury minced meat, steamed then coated with batter and fried; served with spicy sweet chilli-peanut sauce.
Slice each tofu cake diagonally to make 8 triangles. With each triangle, make a slit on the cut side to make a pocket for stuffing. Hollow out some tofu from the pocket.
In a bowl, mix well the hollowed out tofu pieces with minced prawns, chicken, green onions, sesame oil, cornflour, egg and season with salt and pepper.
Carefully stuff the tofu triangles with the filling, making a slight mound on the outside of slit. Place the triangles in a steamer and steam for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile make the dipping batter by combining the egg with flour and pouring enough water while whisking until you've reached a medium-thin consistency.
Make the sauce:
Chop the roasted peanuts until medium coarse and add all the ingredients together in a bowl. Stir until the sugar and salt has dissolved. Set aside.
When the triangles are cooked, remove from steamer. Heat oil in wok until hot. Take each triangle in batches, and dip in batter and slowly lower in hot oil. Fry until golden brown and batter is cooked. Drain on paper towel.
The ball is actually meatball. So the shape of the fried tofu has nothing to do with it. Meatball is translated to bakso in Indonesian. The word originated from Chinese but has been adopted by the Indonesian.
This delicacy is so popular especially in Bandung. In fact, other cities have different variations of this food. In Tegal, Central Java, there is Tahu Aci. The tofu is not stuffed but is married to the longest side of the triangle shape. - 30 Jul 2014
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