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Rojak Salad


  • 1 (12- or 14-ounces) block extra firm tofu
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind pulp
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sambal oelek (or more, to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks or slices
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cut into chunks or slices
  • 1 cup jicama chunks or slices
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks or slices
  • 1/2 cup unsalted or lightly salted peanuts, crushed


Fry the tofu: Cut tofu into 1-inch cubes and gently press between clean kitchen towels or paper towels to absorb excess moisture. Add 1/2-inch oil to a skillet and heat over medium-high. Oil should be hot enough that a small piece of tofu sizzles but does not burn. Fry the tofu cubes in a single layer until crispy on all sides. This may need to be done in batches. Drain and cool on a towel-lined plate.

Make the dressing: Whisk together the tamarind, vinegar, sugar, sambal, and salt.

Assemble the salad: Toss the cooled tofu, cucumber, apple, jicama, pineapple, and half of the peanuts together in a large bowl and toss with the dressing.

Garnish with remaining peanuts and serve immediately.

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