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Pan Fried Tofu {Easy Yummy Chinese Style}

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Pan Fried Tofu {Easy Yummy Chinese Style}

Pan Fried Firm Tofu using traditional and iconic Chinese condiments of Dou Chi {豆豉} and PiXian DouBanJiang {郫县豆瓣酱} is naturally yummy. It is also super quick and easy to make. A perfect side dish to pair with seafood or meat.

Pan Fried Firm Tofu {Easy Yummy Chinese Style}
Pan Fried Firm Tofu {Easy Yummy Chinese Style}

Pan Fried ToFu Ingredients

every day tofu ingredients

You will need a pack of firm tofu, cooking oil, light soy sauce, Dou Chi, PiXian DouBanJiang, and green onions.

Soy Sauce and green onions work wonderfully well together to create an appetizing flavor. The other two flavoring ingredients are Dou chi (豆豉) and Pi Xian Doubanjiang (豆瓣酱). Both are very ancient & classic Chinese cooking condiments.

If you are new to Chinese cooking, you might wonder: What is Dou Chi and What is Pi Xian DouBanJiang?

Dou chi (豆豉) Fun Facts:

What do they taste like? How are they incorporated into cooking? Last but not least, are they good for me?

The black bean looking thing in the picture is Dou Chi.

  • Dou chi (豆豉) is soybeans or black beans fermented in specific ways.
  • They taste like extremely concentrated soy sauce, almost like soy sauce packed in a bean.
  • Dating back to as early as 165 B.C., Dou chi has been helping Chinese people cook food items such as vegetables, meat, and seafood.
  • Dou chi is healthy food considering fermented soybeans contain beneficial bacterial that helps digestive health. However, since Dou chi is exceptionally salty, a small amount goes a long way.
Pan Fried Firm Tofu {Easy Yummy Chinese Style}
Pan Fried Firm Tofu {Easy Yummy Chinese Style}

Pi’Xian Doubanjiang (豆瓣酱) Fun Facts

Pi Xian Doubanjiang
Homemade Pi Xian DouBanJiang

Let me start with trying to explain in an extremely simplified way how Pi Xian Doubanjiang is made.

Broad beans fermented first and then mix with special types of chili peppers local to Pi’Xian, Sichuan Province in China, along with garlic, ginger, and peppers and sealed with vegetable oil to go through the second stage of fermentation. People sometimes add some high-proof baijiu {hard liquor} during the process.

When stored properly, Pi Xian DouBanJiang shall last many, many years. The longer the tastier. It has a shiny red color with a bountiful of flavors.

I was able to secure the key ingredients of fermented beans and made a batch of DouBanJiang a few years ago. Nowadays I am slowly going through the bottles. Like Dou Chi, a small amount goes a long way. They are among my most favorite go-to flavor. I frequently add Pi Xian DouBanJiang in cooking just to add a hint of spicy yummy taste. For instance, I even added a teaspoon of it when I make red braised pork belly.

This tofu is great to add to your vegetarian version of Chow Mein.

Pan Fried Firm Tofu {Easy Yummy Chinese Style}

Pan Fried Tofu {Easy Yummy Chinese Style} Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

Pan Fried Firm Tofu using traditional and iconic Chinese condiments of Dou Chi  {豆豉} and Pi Xian DouBanJiang  {郫县豆瓣酱} is naturally yummy. It is also super quick and easy to make. A perfect side dish to pair with seafood or meat.

Ingredients

  • 14 oz firm tofu, one pack
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Dou Chi
  • 2 tsp Pi Xian DouBanJiang
  • 1 stem of green onion, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup of water

Instructions

  1. Cut firm tofu into thick slices, cut green onion into bits
  2. Turn the heat to medium-high, heat the frying pan for 2 minutes
  3. Add avocado oil, carefully lay tofu slices into the pan, cook for 2 minutes
  4. Flip the tofu, turn the heat to medium-low, cook for another 2 minutes
  5. Drizzle soy sauce, Dou Chi, Pi Xian DouBanJiang, and green onion evenly over tofu, and then add 1 1/4 cup of water to the surrounding area of tofu in the pan. Cover the pan with a lid, and cook for 5 minutes
  6. Water should be disappearing toward the end of 5-min. If not, turn the heat to simmer and cook for another 1 or 2 minutes

Notes

  • A 12" frying pan can hold a container of firm tofu just about right.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 456mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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