A Chinese tofu recipe that will be ready in no time
Who doesn’t love tofu? It’s easy to cook, rich in protein and super versatile.
When I have leftovers but don’t know how to deal with them, tofu is my saving grace. My mom used to use chicken, pork or beef leftovers and turn them into different dishes and soup.
So today I’m sharing with you one of the easiest tofu recipes – stir-fry ground pork with tofu. This recipe is a lot like Mapo Tofu, except for the spice. With 3 ingredients and basic condiments, you can pull this tofu recipe off quick and easy.
Should I use firm tofu or silken tofu?
Because of the proportion of soybean contained, tofu can have different consistencies from soft to firm.
Most savory dishes use firm tofu, for it’s less like to be smashed, but still smooth. Some Cantonese broiled recipes or soup recipes call for extra firm tofu. And silken tofu or soft tofu is mostly used in desserts, smoothies or salad.
For this stir-fried ground pork recipe, firm tofu or any regular tofu will do.
How to cook tofu without it falling apart?
Tofu might be a little tricky to handle for beginners. If you stir it too much, it may break into small pieces.
To avoid the tofu from falling apart, here are a few tips:
- Boil tofu 30 minutes before cooking with salt for 2 minutes;
- Pan-sear tofu on medium-high heat;
- Use wooden turner or chopsticks to cook tofu;
- Tofu, one block (about 700g), cubed
- Pork, 150g, minced
- Scallions, chopped
- Garlic, 2 gloves, minced
- Ginger, 1 tbsp, grated
- Soy sauce, 1 tsp
- Shaohsing cooking wine, 1 tsp
- Salt, to taste
- Sugar, 1/2 tsp
- Olive oil, 1 tbsp
- Oyster sauce, 2 tbsp
- Water, 1/5 cup
1. In a bowl, mix ground pork with soy sauce, salt, Shao Hsing wine and 1/2 tbsp of olive oil. Mix, put it in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
2. Rinse the scallions. Remove the root and chop it into small pieces.
3. Wash the tofu with running water. Cut in into small cubes.
4. On a large pan, heat the olive oil on medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger, stir for 1 minute.
5. Add tofu in the pan. Gently stir the cubes to sear each side of the cubes—cook for 2 minutes or until brown.
6. Add the marinated pork mince. Stir with the tofu for another 3 minutes till cooked.
7. Add sugar, oyster sauce, and water in the pan. Stir evenly and cover the lid—cook for 5 minutes.
8. Add scallions and cook for another 2 minutes. Turn the heat off and serve with rice.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 454Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 983mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 43g
So here you go. I hope you enjoy this easy and quick tofu recipe. I enjoy making it! Tell me how it goes if you make this dish!