Sitaw at Tokwa

Sitaw at Tokwa with Oyster Sauce
Sitaw at Tokwa. Few months back I posted a recipe of a dish called asparagus with tofu. It’s a great dish no question about it but asparagus is not your everyday vegetable. They are rarely found in regular vegetable market, they don’t come cheap either. On that recipe I used also a premium firm tofu to match the asparagus being a premium vegetable as well. Now adopted a similar dish using regular ingredients that are available on most vegetable wet markets and of course much cheaper.

Sitaw at tokwa uses string beans that are probably available in your own backyard vegetable garden and the regular tokwa which is normally used in your favorite tokwa’t baboy. Here is how I cooked it.


1 big block firm tokwa, cut into thick strips
2 bundles sitaw, string beans, cut into 2” length
1 thumb size ginger cut into thin strips
1 medium onion, sliced into rings
1 small size red bell pepper, julienne
1/2 head garlic, minced
1/2 c. oyster sauce
1 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. cornstarch
salt to taste
cooking oil

Cooking procedure:

Sitaw at Tokwa with Oyster Sauce - Cooking Procedure

In a wok deep fry tokwa for 3-5 minutes or until crisp outside, remove from wok and drain excess oil, keep aside. Using same wok remove excess oil, heat about 2 tbsp. of cooking oil quickly stir fry onion and bell pepper, remove from wok and keep aside. On the same wok sauté garlic and ginger, add in soy sauce and oyster sauce and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add in sitaw and stir cook for 3-5 minutes or until half cooked, thicken sauce with cornstarch diluted in 1/2 cup of water, stir cook for another 2-3 minutes, add in fried tokwa, stir cooked onion and bell pepper. Stir cook for another 1-2 minutes, season with salt to taste, serve immediately.


  1. Hi,
    I've lived in the Philippines for 11 years and my three kids were born there. Really love the culture, the food, the people, just about everything... Thank you for all these delicious recipes... Wl cook them tonite..

  2. Thanks for the post, Bro. Ut-man. Being a vegetarian, I used regular green beans in place of sitaw or long string beans, since there's no Asian/Oriental store near my where I live. Stir fried everything in my wok and resulted into more "crunchy" and delicious meal. Thanks and God Bless...


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