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Stir-fried Pork with Tofu in Savoury Bean Sauce Recipe

Wednesday, November 09, 2011 | Labels: , , |

Today's feature is an extremely simple and well-loved dish in our household - pork and tofu stir-fried with some garlic and green onions in a savoury ground bean sauce.  Ground bean sauce (also known as 'taucu' in Malay) differs from the more prevalent black bean sauce where the former has a relatively milder taste and in terms of texture is slightly creamier.  You can find this sauce sold in jar form usually at most Asian grocery stores in the same aisle as the soy sauces.  This bean sauce packs a good deal of flavours in a neat little package and provides deep umami flavours to an otherwise straightforward Chinese stir-fry dish.  In fact, ground bean sauce has a slightly similar flavour to miso although with a rougher texture. I do hope you give this dish a try soon and if you can't find ground bean sauce, this dish will also work with black bean sauce.

 Stir-fried Pork and Tofu Slices in Savoury Bean Sauce

In addition, I would like to thank everyone for your support about the case of the stealing blogger, over the past couple of days although I vowed not to visit that person's blog, curiosity got the better of me and I actually discovered to my horror that this person not only stole 4 recipes and photos from me but most of her content was stolen from at least 10 bloggers I identified and subsequently informed.  I hope that Google will really look into this as by now there should have been many DMCA complaints filed with them about this individual 'blogger'.  Anyhow, I hope this tiring 'saga' can be put to rest soon - if you find your work stolen by someone else, it is customary to give them a take-down notice and after a day or two, it is totally legitimate for you to file a DMCA complaint to Google via this easy form.

Stir-fried Pork and Tofu Slices in Savoury Bean Sauce

This recipe is part of my Yuen Chun Recipes, an ongoing project on this blog.  The Yuen Chun brand of sauces has been in my family kitchens since the time of my late maternal grandmother, our popo. 

Serves 4
Serving suggestion: with steamed rice

Note: You can turn this into a spicy dish by adding 1 or 2 red chilli peppers (sliced) when you are frying the garlic.


200g pork loin or belly, sliced
1 block of firm tofu or dried tofu, sliced
3 cloves garlic, roughly minced
2 stalks green onions, sliced use white parts for cooking and green parts for garnish

1 tbsp ground bean sauce (I used Yuen Chun's) - the bean sauce is salty so use sparingly, if you want to add more make sure you do a taste test beforehand (of course after the pork is cooked)
1-2 drops of light soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar

Stir-fried Pork and Tofu in Savoury Bean Sauce


Heat up your wok until almost smoking.  Add 1 tbsp of oil and swirl to coat.  Turn heat to low and add in tofu slices and pan-fry them until lightly browned.  This step is optional but it does make the tofu slices more fragrant.
Heat up your wok until almost smoking.  Add about 2 tbsps of cooking oil and swirl to coat.  Turn heat to medium low and add in garlic and white parts of green onions.  Stir-fry until aromatic.

Add in the yellow bean sauce, soy sauce and sugar.  Turn heat to high.  Add pork slices and stir-fry until about half-way cooked, if you see the pork looking dry, add in a bit of water about 1 tbsp at a time.  Add tofu slices.  Stir-fry well to coat.  Add another 2-3 tbsps of water and cover. Turn heat to medium.   Allow to cook for another 3 minutes or so.  Remove cover, check to make sure pork is cooked.  Do a taste test and add more bean sauce or sugar if needed. 


Lǐwù (礼物) said...

looks so yummy!!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

thank you! What a cute screen name you have too :) "Gift"

J said...

Hubby loves black beans. Can't wait to try this!

Lisa L. said...

ooh classic dish...

hi Jen, i saw Sonia's post on plagiarism n you alerting other blogger(s). i did the same too especially on her korean food posts. so far i have alerted or left comments on 'steamy kitchen', maangchi and koreanforniancooking. i arrived on 'mekarmewangi' and saw your comment, so i know you have been alerting other victim(s) as well. i hope i did the right thing. i'm not a blogger, but i want to do my part as well on preventing this ugly act. is really upsetting, that this 'shameless person' is from Malaysia. i hope DMCA will take a necessary action against her n yeah just shut down the site (am i too harsh?!). 

thanks for your support on other fellow bloggers. 

tigerfish said...

I cooked something similar yesterday with tofu, chicken and leeks! So good with plain porridge. :)

Littlecornerofmine said...

Looks good as you know I like easy recipe.  ;)

thehungrygiant said...

we don't have ground bean sauce here but i think we have the black bean one. can you make a ground bean sauce from scratch? haha the photo looks nice so i think i might have this one of these days... cheers! - gio

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

thanks gio! but unfortunately I don't have a recipe to make ground bean sauce from scratch, it requires fermentation as well.  Yes, you can use black bean sauce for this, also remember to adjust for the saltiness as black bean sauce is a little stronger. :)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thanks! :)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

I prefer with rice haha but yeah :)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Lisa, thanks for taking the time and effort to do that..of course you did the right thing.  No you're not too harsh, I think this 'blogger' was being harsh and disrespectful/ dishonest and it was more like an 'in your face' thing to see all the copied recipes./ cropped off photos so Blogger has already taken down those pages I reported.  I think most of her site will be gone when everyone does the filing of DMCA to be honest. 

Thanks for stopping by and letting me know! :)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

J, hope you like it and also do keep in mind that black bean sauce tastes a little stronger than ground bean sauce :)

Freeeats said...

This dish looks and sounds delicious.  The saltiness of the black bean sauce is a perfect pair for the tofu and pork.  Lovely pictures too! 
So sorry to hear about your work being stolen.  As bloggers we work so hard that it is stunning to think that someone would so blatantly steal it!  I'm curious to know what the best way is to protect against that sort of thing? 

Lisa L. said...

i'm glad all the bloggers so united in this plagiarism issue. united we stay! good job to you and everyone <3

Mullally51 said...

This looks so good!   I have to find some tofu and put this on my list to make soon.

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thank you!

Small Kucing said...

I love this dish :)

noobcook said...

i like black bean sauce too, salty and savoury

mochachocolata rita said...

yummy and gorgeous!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thanks very much! I used ground bean sauce though but this will work with black bean as well :) Actually, I think it's hard to prevent this but then for photos always watermark no matter how small your WM is as under DMCA it is illegal to crop off watermarks so at least it shows intent of stealing. Reporting to Blogger (DMCA) seems to be the only recourse for the text, for photos you can really move further if you you copyrighted your images...thanks for stopping by!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

I used ground bean sauce in this :)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

thank you!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Lisa, thanks very much for your support...we really appreciate it! <3

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