Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Tofu With Minced Pork And Preserved Vegetables

"I've got a tummy ache.." - As soon as these words are uttered, rice porridge (congee) would be the meal of the day. That's how it works in my family. It's good for the stomach, Grandma would insist against the scrunched-up face of her grandchild, that is me.

I hated ..aah, but hate is a strong word. I disliked eating rice porridge as a child. There would be bits of carrot and a small spoonful of Bovril stirred in.  Now that I'm an old makcik (auntie) in her 40s, I appreciate it a whole lot more. It does make me feel better on days my stomach acts up.

However, I'm not one for plain food. Hence, this pork tofu dish to complement my rice porridge. The shredded Sichuan preserved mustard stems provided plenty of flavour, enough for me to say, "Yum!".

Tofu With Minced Pork And Preserved Vegetables

Tofu With Minced Pork And Preserved Vegetables
- ½ cup minced pork
- ½ cup shredded Sichuan preserved vegetable (rinse)
(optional: soak in water to further reduce saltiness if that is your preference)
- 1 medium-large red onion (chopped)
- 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
- 1 red chili pepper (chopped)
- 1 packet smooth/soft tofu (300g)
- Black pepper
- A handful of fresh coriander
- 3 tbsp cooking oil

1) Heat cooking oil in pan.
2) Saute onion and garlic for a minute or so.
3) Add in the preserved vegetables. Stir-fry.
4) Then, add the pork mince and season with a dash (or more) of black pepper. Stir-fry until the pork is cooked.
5) Then, add the red chili. Stir-fry. Finally, in goes the smooth tofu. Stir-fry lightly, smashing the tofu as you go along. Taste, add salt only if necessary.*
6) Serve garnished with fresh coriander.

*I added no salt as the preserved vegetables provided just enough saltiness.

1) The ingredients - Tofu, Pork, Preserved Vegs
2) Soft Tofu 3) Saute the onion/garlic. Add Preserved vegs.
4) Adding the pork mince. 5) Stir-fry until cooked.
6) Finally, add the tofu.

Tofu With Minced Pork And Preserved Vegetables - Let's Eat!

Best eaten with plain rice porridge. Good with plain rice as well.

Tofu With Minced Pork - Best Eaten With Rice Porridge

Happy New Year from all of us (that's just Evelyn and me) at SHC!

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  1. Hi Sharon,
    Happy New Year to you too !
    I only cook porridge when we are sick ... hee ..hee... but appreciate light meals nowadays and plain porridge with some dishes taste great ! This dish Tofu With Minced Pork And Preserved Vegetables is perfect with porridge!

    1. Thank you, Karen. I guess it comes with age! :D

  2. The best pairing for porridge. And you know what? Porridge I truly love, what more with salted fish or salted egg.

    1. Thank you, Nava K. Salted fish/egg is certainly a delicious pairing!

  3. Very appetizing! Great to go with congee or rice.

  4. Hi Sharon,

    Totally agree this tofu dish is the best with plain porridge... Best comfort food!


  5. Hi Sharon! When I was young, I also always eat porridge whenever I'm not feeling well and I really disliked it... but now I love it so much! This side dish will go sooo well with porridge, looks so yummy! And here's a late one... Happy New Year to you and your family! May 2016 be an even more amazing one for you!

    1. Thanks, Jasline - it's funny how 'porridge' and 'feeling unwell' go together in so many families

  6. Hi Sharon thank you for visiting my page.Wish you a very happy and prosperous new year...Protein packed dish, I will try this replacing pork with chicken

  7. Definitely my kinda food, Sharon! I love szechuan veg! xoxo

  8. Sharon, my appreciation of rice porridge started only after I visited China. Porridge has always been associated with illness and ours is the simplest version with only salt added. With the accompaniment like this I could have porridge every day!:))Minced pork and vegetables sound and look delicious!!
    I just cured my son a few days ago. Fed him porridge (for 3 days)along with paracetamol to cure him of fever as well as an upset tummy.

    1. Oh dear! So glad to hear he's better, Kanak and it sounds like porridge really helped. :D

  9. I love this dish, but I never had it with tofu...I must give this a try...thanks for the recipe Sharon!


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