Chinese Home-Style Hot and Spicy Tofu

Spicy tofu dish. (Image: Pixabay  / CC0)
Spicy tofu dish. (Image: Pixabay / CC0)

Tofu is a favorite ingredient in Chinese recipes. The hot and spicy home-style sauce is typical of Sichuan cuisine, and is made by combining bean paste with chili, salt, and other sauce ingredients, which forms the staple of many people’s meals in Sichuan .

A common accompaniment to this dish is rice, as it is nutritious and simple to cook. As you are making the sauce yourself, you can alter the quantities of ingredients according to your own taste.

Chinese name: 家常豆腐 (jiā cháng dòu fǔ)

Style: Sichuan (Szechuan) cuisine

Characteristics: It is red-gold in color, and should be soft in texture. In this recipe, it should taste salty, fresh, and a little bit hot and sweet.

Ingredients:

  • 100g lean pork (or beef)
  • 250g firm (hard) tofu
  • 1 green pepper (capsicum)
  • 1 red chili pepper

Seasonings:

  • salt
  • cornstarch
  • white sugar
  • cooking wine
  • soy sauce
  • broad bean paste

Note: the quantity of the seasonings listed above can be varied according to one’s personal taste.

Preparation:

1. Clean the pork, and cut into slices about 2-3 cm long and 1-2 cm wide. Put into a dish.

2. Clean the firm tofu, and cut into triangular or diamond-shaped chunks. Put into a dish.

3. Remove and discard the seeds from the peppers, then clean with water. Cut into chunks, and put into a dish.

Method:

Step 1: Pour the soy sauce and cornstarch over the pork (cooking wine, salt, and chicken essence can also be added in to get rid of the smell of the meat). Stir well with chopsticks until all the meat pieces are fully coated.

Step 2: Place a wok over high heat until hot. Add some cooking oil, and add the tofu chunks one-by-one with chopsticks once the oil is sizzling. Fry over a low heat until both sides turn yellow. Turn off the heat, and place the tofu into a colander on a small basin to drain the oil.

Step 3: Turn on the heat, and add some cooking oil again until hot, swirling to coat all sides. Add the broad bean paste to the wok, and stir-fry for 20 seconds, until fragrant. Add the marinated pork, soy sauce, and cooking wine. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes until the pork is 80 per cent cooked and turns yellowish.

Step 4: Add the fried tofu slices, and stir-fry for about 1 minute. Add the chili pepper chunks, and stir-fry for a further 1 minute. Add some salt and white sugar. Stir-fry for 30 seconds more.

Step 5: Finally, the home-style tofu is complete. Turn off the heat, remove from the wok, and put on a prepared fine porcelain plate.

Your plate of typical home-style spicy tofu is ready to eat, with a beautiful color and alluring fragrance. We hope you enjoy our delicious Chinese recipes.

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