Spring has sprung and eventhough I’m dislike the pollens and allergies. I’m so excited to be working outside in my little garden. Minus the weed and grass cleaning. But I’m looking forward to times after work and the weekend to get my little garden going.
Sometimes basics is best and this tofu with blackbean sauce is a perfect example. This home made version of a Chinese take out is so simple and incredible easy to make you won’t even miss any meats.
Comes together in a matter of 30 minutes, just perfect for busy week nights and meatless dinner. The base sauce is a black bean paste, cooking wine and soy sauce. The tofus are soaking up the sauce nicely, giving a sweet, salty and savory flavors.
Save this recipe for meatless nights when you crave for some Chinese takeout but still on a little diet (like me). You’ll love it because it’s simple, satisfying and so easy to make.
Tofu with Black Bean Sauce
Tofu with black bean sauce - my favorite vegetarian Chinese dish, can easily be made at home with just a few ingredients. Meatless Mondays couldn't be better. Satisfying and flavorful over rice.
- 1 box firm tofu (16 oz)
- 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon minced shallot
- 1 1/2 tablespoon black-bean paste
- 1/2 tablespoon less sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon shaoxing cooking wine
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 stalks green onion (chopped into 2" pieces)
- 1 jalapenos seeded & diced
- 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
- oil for frying the tofu
Press the tofu: Wrap tofu in a towel and place something heavy on top (like books or cast iron skillet). Let sit for 15mins to remove excess water from the tofu. Then slice half and cut into 1/4 inch thick.
In a medium skillet, place 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and fry the tofu until golden brown. The tofu should still be lightly soft in the middle. Remove and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, cooking wine, sugar, sesame oil and set aside.
On a medium skillet over medium high heat, add in garlic and shallot and fry until fragrant. Add in bean paste and jalapenos. Stir and cook for about 30 seconds, until garlic is brown but not burn. Add in tofu pieces, sauce mixture and turn heat down to low.
Shake up the skillet and toss well to combine. Be careful not to break up the tofu pieces. Add in green onions and cook for another minute, until tofu pieces are soaking up with the black bean paste. Season to taste.
Sprinkle black pepper on top and serve over rice. Enjoy!