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Author Notes: This is my husband’s favorite dish that his mom makes. My mother-in-law says that legend has it this recipe came from a pox-faced old lady who became famous for making this great spicy tofu dish in Szechuan. It is said to stimulate the appetite. It sure stimulates ours! —monkeymom
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 tablespoon wine (for marinating meat)
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce (for marinating meat)
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar (for marinating meat)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (for marinating meat)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil (for marinating meat)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch (for marinating meat)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 boxes of tofu (regular or silken)
- 3 garlic cloves
- 4 green onions (chopped – separate white and green parts)
- 6 tablespoons soy sauce (for sauce)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch (for sauce)
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce (for sauce - Chinese black bean chili sauce in a jar is preferred, regular chili sauce is okay. This can be omitted or can be increased)
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Marinate pork with wine, soy sauce, sugar, pepper, sesame oil, and cornstarch.
- Heat oil in large frying pan. Sauté garlic and white part of green onion in oil for less than 1 minute.
- Stir fry the marinated ground pork for 5-6 minutes. You may cover 1-2 times to steam the pork. Do not add any water. Open the cover to stir-fry the pork continuously until done.
- Add diced tofu, stir gently, and cover for 3 minutes with medium temperature to simply “warm up” the tofu. Open the cover, mix and stir gently, tofu will be little mashed, which is okay.
- Mix soy sauce, cornstarch, hot sauce and pour over the tofu/meat in the pot. Stir gently and quickly with high heat until the sauce is thickened. Taste and adjust seasoning – add more soy, salt, pepper, or hot sauce as needed.
- Remove to a large bowl. Sprinkle with ½ ts sesame oil, ½ tsp black pepper and the green part of the chopped onion.
- Serve hot with white rice. Enjoy!
- Note: The picture shown is made with silken tofu. It can fall apart pretty easily. You can easily substitute regular or firm tofu too.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Soy
- This recipe was entered in the contest for The Best Recipe or Technique Your Mother Taught You