The availability of versatile meat alternatives makes it easier for people transitioning to a meatless diet. Tofu is one of the cheapest and most accessible meat alternatives in the market all over the world. It comes in different varieties, which can be cooked in many ways. Tofu can be grilled, fried or added to soups and stews. It also has a mild taste and can easily absorb the flavors of seasonings, spices, sauces or marinades. Tofu is nutritious as well. It is a good source of protein and calcium and contains all the essential amino acids a person needs for good health.
This Chinese tofu in black bean sauce recipe will definitely surprise you how a delicious and nutritious dish does not need too much time and effort to prepare. Ready in under 30 minutes, this dish is perfect with hot steaming rice.
• 1 to 2 tbsp oil
• 300 grams of tofu, diced
• 1 tbsp rice wine
• 1 tbsp soy sauce
• 1 tbsp rice vinegar
• 2 tbsp water
• 1 tsp sugar
• ½ tsp tapioca starch
• 2 tbsp oil
• 2 garlic cloves, chopped
• 1 cup of green beans, cut into ½” pieces
• 2 tbsp black bean garlic sauce
• ½ tsp chili powder
This recipe takes about 20 minutes to make. Serves 2 to 3.
Heat oil in a non-stick pan over high heat.
Fry tofu cubes until they are lightly browned.
Transfer fried tofu cubes to a bowl.
Prepare the sauce in a small bowl by mixing together rice wine, soy sauce, rice vinegar, water, sugar, and tapioca starch, then set aside.
Heat oil in a wok over high heat.
Sauté garlic from a few seconds, then add green beans.
Stir-fry for about 2 minutes or until the beans are tender.
Turn the heat down to medium, then add fried tofu cubes, black bean garlic sauce, chili powder, and sauce mixture.
Stir-fry for 1 minute, then turn the heat off.
Transfer to a serving dish and serve.
Ideas And Tips:
You may substitute tofu with tempeh, seitan or mushrooms.
You can sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds, chopped spring onions or cilantro on top before serving.
You can use or add other vegetables like carrots, snap peas, baby corn, bell peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, asparagus or long beans.
You may substitute black bean sauce with hoisin sauce. You would need to reduce the amount of sugar though as hoisin sauce is already sweet.
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