Tofu with Minced Meat

Tofu with Minced Meat Recipe

Check Out: Mapo Tofu Recipe

Tofu with Minced Meat (肉酱豆腐) is one of my family’s favourite dishes and I have cooked it for many years but never got tired of it. This dish is really good with a bowl of warm fluffy white rice, and we often fought over the savoury gravy. Such humble home-cooked food (家常菜) is the reason why  I like to cook, because it taste so homely  and you can’t really order this type of food outside, well at least not so commonly. Sometimes I also add mushrooms to it, making it a more balanced dish if I don’t have time to whip up another side dish of vegetables. I call this dish the localized version of the popular Sichuan dish, Mapo Tofu, without the numbing heat.

Tofu with Minced Meat Recipe
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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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.