Try Burmese Tofu Salad for an Authentic Taste of Southeast Asia

If you’re looking for an exotic Southeast Asian meal that’s packed with flavor, look no further than Burmese Tofu Salad. This simple yet sophisticated dish is the perfect combination of fresh vegetables, crunchy tofu, and fragrant aromatics. This recipe will help you bring the distinctive flavors of Myanmar to your dinner table.


– 2 blocks of firm tofu
– 3 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 teaspoon of turmeric
– 1/2 cup of freshly-chopped cilantro
– 2 red onions, sliced
– 1 large carrot, grated
– 1 red bell pepper, sliced
– 1 cup of fresh bean sprouts
– 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
– 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
– 2 teaspoons of fish sauce
– 2 tablespoons of roasted peanuts
– 1 handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped


1. Start by pressing the tofu. To do this, cut the tofu into four blocks, wrap them in paper towels, and place them in between two flat surfaces. Put a heavy weight on top and leave it for 30 minutes.

2. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and heat the vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and turmeric and cook for 1 minute.

3. Add the tofu and cook for 5 minutes until it’s golden.

4. In a bowl, combine the red onion, carrot, bell pepper, bean sprouts, and cilantro. Toss the ingredients together.

5. To assemble the salad, add the cooked tofu to the bowl and mix everything together.

6. Drizzle the fresh lime juice, fish sauce, and peanuts over the salad and toss.

7. Garnish the Burmese Tofu Salad with some fresh basil and serve.

Unique Features

The combination of ingredients in this Burmese Tofu Salad is a reflection of the country’s culinary culture – balancing sweet and sour flavors, crunchy and soft textures, and aromatic spices. The addition of fish sauce, peanuts, and cilantro gives this recipe a unique flavor that is distinctively Burmese. Above all, this dish is incredibly delicious and refreshing, with an earthy undertone that will make you want to savor every bite.

If you’re looking to add more Southeast Asian flavors to your menu, be sure to check out my recipe for Vietnamese-inspired rice noodle bowls.


Burmese Tofu Salad is a delicious, tangy, and crunchy dish that brings the unique flavors of Myanmar to your dinner table. Ideal for a light lunch or dinner, this vegan-friendly tofu dish will quickly become a favorite. Try this recipe and savor the authentic tastes of Southeast Asia.