Tahu Petis

Tahu Petis

Tahu Petis

Anita Dieckhöfer
Tahu petis is a snack that is easily found in Central and East Java. This dish is affordable but yet delicious street food. Petis is a component in Indonesian cuisine made from processing food byproducts (usually from fish stew, mussels, or shrimp) that are heated until the liquid broth thickens like a thicker sauce. In further processing, caramel shell sugar is added to the paste. This causes the usually brown color to appear black and the taste to be sweet. Petis is usually used as a food flavoring agent. This time I used a petis made from shrimp. Petis can be purchased at Asian stores.
Course Snack
Cuisine Indonesian Food
Servings 2 people



  • 1 pcs Tofu (400 gr) (cut into 8 pcs)
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 5 cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 3 pcs Bird's eye chili (chopped)
  • 75 gr Petis
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • 25 ml water
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Soy Sauce
  • Cooking oil



  • Mix salt and garlic powder with 1 cup of water. Put the tofu in it and leave it for 15 minutes.
  • Deep fry the tofu until golden brown and crispy. Set aside
  • Heat the pan and add some oil. Saute garlic and Bird's eye chili until fragant. Add petis, sugar, Sweet Soy Sauce and a pinch of salt. Stir it well for 2 minutes, then add water. Cook again until it boils.
  • Cut the tofu in the middle and and fill with petis sauce.
    Enjoy while warm with tea or coffee.

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