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Tofu with Minced Meat

Tofu with Minced Meat Recipe

Tofu with Minced Meat Recipe

You can add mushrooms (such as hon shimeji, sliced button mushrooms) or prawns (shells & veins removed) at step 4 for a more complete meal.

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins


  • 50 grams minced pork
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp taucheo/salted soya beans (aka dou jiang, 豆酱)
  • 1 tsp dried fermented black beans rinsed, patted dry & mashed slightly with a fork
  • 2 chilli padi sliced thinly; to taste
  • cornstarch solution mix 1 tbsp water with 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 150 grams firm Chinese tofu cubed
  • 1 tbsp chopped spring onions

(A) Marinade

  • 1/2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • a few dashes white pepper powder

(B) Seasoning (mix well in a small cup)

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil


  1. In a bowl, marinade minced pork with  (A) for about 10 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in wok and add the garlic, taucheo, fermented black beans and chilli. Stir fry for 30 seconds until aromatic.
  3. Add the marinated meat and stir fry until no longer pink, breaking the meat up to smaller bits using the spatula or turner.
  4. Add seasoning (B). Bring to a boil. Gently add beancurd cubes and simmer over low heat for 3 minutes, taking care not to break the tofu cubes.
  5. Thicken with cornstarch solution and garnish with chopped spring onions.

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35 Responses to “Tofu with Minced Meat”

  1. dave — July 28, 2011 @ 2:07 am

    One of my favorites too :D


  2. mycookinghut — July 28, 2011 @ 3:57 am

    This is so yummy! Believe it or not, I had this for dinner!! ;)


  3. Ashlee — July 28, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    Oh tried this, was v gd. Tks for sharing. More recipes using fermented black beans, coz I’ve a big bottle of it now. :)


  4. MaryMoh — July 28, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    Oh, this dish makes me miss home. I wish I can easily get tofu here. Just this dish wth rice and I am all smiles throughout the day :D


  5. mary — August 10, 2011 @ 12:44 am

    wow..I’ve always been afraid to those things in a jar (even though my family has a bunch of them at home).
    my roommate in university used to make something simpler.. i.e. just minced meat, and (soft) tofu (although he always loved to add in a little bit of ginger) ..and it was very tasty. I haven’t made that in a while, and I totally look forward to trying your recipe, it’s like a new spin on a favourite for me… :)


  6. Mary — August 15, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

    Just wanted to give a follow up on my last comment :D I made this ytd..
    it was goodddd. I couldn’t help myself from testing it out while cooking.

    Finding the jars of those beans took me surprisingly long though… at T&T Super market, apparently I was in the wrong aisle, that had jars w/ bean curds, and bean pastes in it, but not the actual soy beans. Turns out it was in the aisle named Chinese sauces or something…should’ve figured! And those things were hiding near the bottom of the shelf!! They weren’t very expense though. The most expensive item for me was the seasame oil which is fine, since my family ran out on the last jar, and I want to be able to add it to more foods. It has a great aroma, although I didn’t like it as a kid,

    I think I went overboard w/ those black beans cuz it smelled so good… I must’ve added double the amount and the taste is STRONG, I’ll go easy on it next time! But I am going to check out the other recipes now, hopefully I can use up the rest of the ingredients or cook again with Tofu sometime. THANKS!! <3


    • wiffy replied: — September 13th, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

      Hi Mary, thanks for your kind words, appreciate it. I have a new recipe for Mapo Tofu which also uses black fermented bean, check it out :)


  7. iris — September 2, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    can i get these bottles of beans from NTUC? if not, where?


    • wiffy replied: — September 13th, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

      sorry for the late reply. NTUC, yes.


  8. Agnes — February 28, 2012 @ 10:18 am


    May I know how to prepare corn starch? Where can I get it?


    • wiffy replied: — February 28th, 2012 @ 10:51 am

      Hi, if you are in Singapore, you can find it readily at supermarkets and grocery stores.


      • Agnes replied: — February 28th, 2012 @ 11:19 am


        Just checked on net & it mentioned room temperature water mix with corn flour to get corn starch?
        Is this correct?

        • wiffy replied: — February 28th, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

          yes mix the water with cornflour to get cornflour solution.

  9. Eldy — February 5, 2013 @ 12:43 am

    Hi Wiffy…

    Love your blog and glad to find this blog for my basic to start home cook…
    Want to ask you for this recipe Tofu with Minced Meat…can I replace the minced pork to minced chicken? I don’t know what is the taste like…need some advice….

    P/S: I’ve tried your Coca Cola Chicken Wings and I posted in my FB(I change it to drumstick)…and what I can said….its AWESOME….95% successfully…my boyfriend ask me to cook more often…. :)


    • wiffy replied: — February 5th, 2013 @ 10:26 am

      Hi Eldy, thanks! The recipe will work with chicken as well.


      • Haze02 replied: — March 4th, 2013 @ 8:17 am

        Hi wiffy,
        Can I dun use the black bean?
        Will it taste weird without the black bean?

        • wiffy replied: — March 4th, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

          Hi, yup can omit, will not taste weird.

  10. Yvonne — October 8, 2014 @ 6:53 pm

    Hi may I know which brand of salted soya beans did you use? Thanks in advance.


    • wiffy replied: — October 13th, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

      no particular brand to recommend, I think I was using Tai Hua



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