This is a Sichuan classic: grandmother’s tofu. For a treat I have a bowl of this with rice for lunch. Another interesting way to make this is to steam the tofu in larger squares and sauce it with the stir-fried pork — it changes the texture of the dish and accentuates the silkiness of the tofu. This is also made with beef; just substitute it for the pork and away you go.
Heat a wok until smoking. Add the vegetable oil and, when hot, add the minced pork and stir-fry until browned. Then add the garlic, spring onions and bean paste and stir-fry until fragrant. Add the stock, shaoxing, soy sauces, sugar and salt. Bring to the boil, add the tofu and reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, allowing the liquid to thicken slightly. Add the Sichuan pepper and sesame oil and gently mix together.
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