Stir Fried Luffa with Tofu

Stir-Fried Luffa with Tofu, also known as Ridge Gourd and Tofu Stir-Fry, is a beloved and sought-after Zi Char dish popular in Chinese cuisine. This delectable stir-fry features tender luffa, also called Chinese okra, paired with soft and protein-rich tofu, cooked to perfection in a savory sauce. The dish’s widespread popularity can be attributed to its delightful combination of textures, from the crispiness of the luffa to the creamy tofu, all enveloped in a flavorful sauce. Not only is it a delicious vegetarian option, but it also boasts an abundance of essential nutrients, making it a wholesome and satisfying addition to any dining table.

Why Do People Love Stir Fried Luffa with Tofu

People are drawn to stir-fried luffa with tofu for a couple of key reasons. The contrasting textures play a significant role in its appeal. When cooked, luffa maintains a crisp and crunchy consistency, while tofu adds a soft and smooth element. This combination of textures adds depth and enjoyment to each bite, making the dish satisfying to eat.

Moreover, the flavours of stir-fried luffa and tofu blend harmoniously. As the luffa is stir-fried, it absorbs the delicious seasonings and sauces used in the cooking process. This infusion of flavours enhances the natural mild taste of the luffa. When combined with the tofu, which acts as a blank canvas, the resulting dish becomes a flavourful fusion that pleases the palate. 

Making Stir Fried Luffa with Tofu Yourself

Making Stir Fried Luffa with Tofu yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 

What You Need For Your Stir Fried Luffa with Tofu:


  • 1 luffa (ridge gourd)
  • 200 grams firm tofu, cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red chilli, sliced (optional for some heat)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce (vegan alternative available)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4

How To Cook Stir Fried Luffa with Tofu

Step 1

Peel the luffa and cut it lengthwise. Remove the seeds and slice it into thin, half-moon shapes. Set aside.

Step 2

Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic and sliced chilli (if using) and stir-fry for a minute until fragrant.

Step 3

Add the sliced luffa to the pan and stir-fry for about 3-4 minutes until it becomes slightly tender.

Step 4

Push the luffa to one side of the pan and add the tofu cubes. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until the tofu turns golden brown.

Step 5

Combine the luffa and tofu together, then drizzle soy sauce and oyster sauce (or vegan alternative) over the mixture. Stir-fry for an additional 2 minutes, ensuring the ingredients are well-coated with the sauces.

Step 6

Season with salt and pepper according to your taste. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Step 7

Serve the Stir Fried Luffa with Tofu hot and enjoy the delightful blend of flavours and textures!

Serving Stir Fried Luffa with Tofu With Other Dishes

Stir Fried Luffa with Tofu pairs well with steamed jasmine rice, stir-fried vegetables or a refreshing cucumber salad to add more variety to your plate. The versatility of this dish allows it to be a fantastic accompaniment to other Asian-inspired recipes like sesame noodles or vegetable spring rolls.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Fiber-Rich: The dish contains luffa, which is a good source of dietary fiber. Fiber aids digestion, promotes bowel regularity, and helps maintain a healthy weight.
  2. Plant-Based Protein: Tofu, being the main protein source, offers a complete set of amino acids necessary for various bodily functions, making it an excellent option for vegetarians and vegans.
  3. Low in Saturated Fat: Stir-fried luffa with tofu is low in saturated fat, contributing to heart health and overall well-being.
  4. Vitamins A and C: Luffa provides vitamins A and C, essential for immune function and skin health, respectively.
  5. Vitamin K: Luffa also contains vitamin K, which supports blood clotting and bone health.
  6. Rich in Minerals: Tofu provides essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron, contributing to bone health, muscle function, and blood health.
  7. Antioxidants: The combination of luffa and tofu provides antioxidants that help combat free radicals and reduce oxidative stress in the body.
  8. Hydration: Luffa has a high water content, contributing to overall hydration and promoting healthy skin.
  9. Balanced Meal: When served with other vegetables and whole grains, Stir-Fried Luffa with Tofu can create a well-balanced meal, providing a range of nutrients necessary for optimal health.

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Stir Fried Luffa with Tofu without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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