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Tofu with Black Bean Sauce Recipe

Tofu with Black Bean Sauce Recipe

Tofu with Black Bean Sauce Recipe

Ingredients :

    • 2 cakes soft tofu (about 300 g/ 10 oz each)
    • 1/cup (60 ml) oil
    • 1 tablespoon dried prawns, soaked in warm water, drained and chopped
    • 2 tablespoons fermented black bean sauce (dou sze jiang, see note)
    • 2 spring onions, chopped
    • 3 slices ginger
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped garlic
    • 100 g (1/2 cup) minced pork
    • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons rice wine
    • 1/2 cup (125 ml) chicken stock
    • 1 tablespoon cornflour dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water
    • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves, to garnish
    • Peppercorn Oil
    • 2 tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns
    • 8 tablespoons oil

Method :

    1. Make the Peppercorn Oil by heating a frying pan over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and add the Sichuan peppercorns. Brown the peppercorns, shaking the pan occasionally, until they are aromatic. Set aside to cool. Crush the peppercorns with a mortar or coarsely blend them in a food processor. Heat the oil in a separate saucepan over high heat. Return the crushed peppercorns to the frying pan and pour the oil over. Set aside to cool. Strain the flavored oil and store in a sealed jar at room temperature.
    2. Place the tofu in a heat-proof bowl and steam for 10 minutes. Remove, drain and cut into small cubes. Place them on a serving platter and set aside.
    3. Heat the oil in a wok over high heat. Add the chopped dried prawns, black bean sauce, spring onions, ginger, garlic and minced pork. Stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce, rice wine and chicken stock. Stir in the cornflour mixture and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens.
    4. Remove from the heat and pour over the tofu cubes. Garnish with the chopped coriander leaves and drizzle with the Peppercorn Oil before serving.

Fermented black bean sauce is a richly-flavored seasoning made from fermented black beans (also called salted black beans)—soybeans that have been fermented and preserved in salt, hence their strong, salty flavor. Mainly used to season a number of dishes, especially fish, beef and chicken. It is sold in jars and can be found in the ethnic or international section of many supermarkets.

Serves 4–6
Preparation time : 10 mins
Cooking time : 20 mins