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Authentic Recipe of Tahu Gimbal. Sweet and Savory Traditional Indonesian Tofu with Peanut Sauce from Semarang.

This sweet and savory tofu and peanut sauce – Tahu Gimbal recipe from Semarang is guaranteed to be authentic and curated from local street food.

Things to know about Tahu Gimbal Recipe

Tahu Gimbal is a traditional dish from Indonesia, native to the Central Java Region. The name gimbal is the local word for curly because of the shape of the fritters that resemble curly hair.

This dish has been a common staple of the Semarang people since the 19th century. This dish has been enjoyed by people all around Indonesia. This dish is different from other types of fritters or fried foods because of the use of prawns in the batter.

The peanut sauce is also unique due to the fact it uses petis (black-fermented shrimp paste) which gives a strong and savory flavor to the dish.

Sweet and Savory Traditional Indonesian Tofu with Peanut Sauce from Semarang. Authentic Recipe of Tahu Gimbal.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Tahu Gimbal
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


Servings 2 Portions
Calories / Serving 352 kcal


  • 1 block White Tofu
  • 20 grams (0.71 oz) Bean Sprout
  • 20 grams (0.71 oz) Cabbage
  • 30 grams (1.06 oz) Cucumber
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Peanut Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Roasted Peanut
  • 2 pcs Red Curly Chili Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Petis Udang – Black Fermented Shrimp Paste – Terasi
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 20 grams (0.71 oz) Palm Sugar – Palm Jaggery
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind Juice
  • 50 mL (1.69 floz) Water

Prawn Fritter

  • 100 grams (3.53 oz) Prawn
  • 1 pc Lime
  • 2 tbsp All Purpose Flour – Plain Flour
  • 1/2 tbsp Rice Flour
  • 50 mL (1.69 floz) Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Chicken Stock Powder


Peanut Sauce

  • Mix all peanut sauce ingredients onto mortar and pestle and grind them until chunky.
  • Add water to adjust the consistency of the sauce.

Cooking the Dish

  • Wash the prawns and marinate with lime juice and salt. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, rice flour, water, and chicken stock powder. Mix well.
  • Coat each prawn generously with the batter.
  • Prepare a large wok and add enough oil for deep frying. Bring it to heat.
  • Deep fry the prawn until golden brown.
  • Strain the fritter.
  • Slice the tofu into small dice, about 1 cm (1/2 inch).
  • Deep fry the tofu until golden brown.
  • Place tofu, fritters, bean sprout, and cabbage into the serving plate and pour over a generous amount of peanut sauce.
  • The dish is ready to be served!

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

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Calories: 352kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 33gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 1732mgPotassium: 294mgFiber: 4gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 288IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 305mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Tahu Gimbal Recipe, Traditional Indonesian Tofu with Peanut Sauce
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Cooking tip for making Tahu Gimbal

You can adjust the heat of the dish by adding or reducing the amount of peppers used.

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What to serve with Tahu Gimbal?

This dish is best served with lontong (Indonesian traditional rice cake)

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