Tokwa't Baka, Beef and Tofu

Tokwa't Baka
Tokwa’t Baka is a popular alternative to tokwa’t baboy for those who are not taking pork. I first had this when I was still working in the Middle East. The original recipe was made up of beef tapa and fried tofu. The beef tapa and fried tokwa with vinegar and soy sauce was just perfect. In fact it was even better than the original tokwa and boiled pork concoction. For my recipe I did not used beef tapa instead I boiled the beef adobo style and deep fried it which result a crispy outer crust and still soft and succulent meat inside. The beef and tofu has to be fried in blocks before cutting into small cubes. It was indeed a far better than the original tokwa’t baboy combination and keep me wandering why it is not as popular. Here is the recipe of my Tokwa’t Baka. Enjoy.


1/2 kilo beef, cut into 3/4” rectangular blocks
2 big blocks firm tofu, tokwa, cut into 3/4” rectangular blocks
1 medium size onion, chopped
1/2 head garlic, chopped
1/2 head garlic, crushed
1-2 red and green chili, sliced crosswise
3/4 cup vinegar
1 1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
2-3 pcs.bay leaf
1-2 pcs. star anise
1/2 tsp. peppercorns
cooking oil

Cooking procedure:

Tokwa't Baka - Cooking Procedure

In sauce pan place the beef and add water until covered up to 1” above the meat. Add 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup soy sauce. Add in the peppercorns, star anise, bay leaf, sugar and crushed garlic. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes or until beef are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove beef from the pan and drain and let cool down, keep aside. In a bowl pour the remaining vinegar and soy sauce, mix in the onion, garlic, and chili, set aside until ready to serve. In a deep frying pan fry tokwa in batches for 2 to 3 minutes each side or until crisp, drain excess oil, keep aside until ready to serve. In same frying pan, add more cooking as necessary, fry beef in batches for 2 to 3 minutes each side or until crisp, drain excess oil, keep aside until ready to serve. To serve chop the fried beef and tokwa into cubes, place in a serving bowl and pour over the vinegar soy sauce.

Other Tofu Recipes; 

Braised Pork and Tofu with Black Fungus 
Vegetarian Menudo, Tofu Menudo 
Pork Chop and Tofu with Mushroom and Oyster Sauce 
Braised Pork Knuckles and Tofu with Black Beans 
Vegetables and Tofu with Black Bean Sauce 
Tokwa't Baboy Adobo with Oyster Sauce 
Spicy Mapo Tofu 
Mapo Tofu 
Tofu with Black Fungus and Bamboo Shoot 

Other Tokwa Recipes; 

Tokwa’t Talong 
Tokwa't Baboy, Pork and Tofu
Tokwa't Isda, Fish and Tofu
Tokwa’t Manok
Tokwa’t Pinakurat 
Crispy Tokwa’t Baboy, Crispy Fried Pork with Tofu 


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