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Tofu with Black Bean Sauce

Fried tofu, eggplant and green beans are sautéed with a delicious black bean sauce for a savory bite.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: fermented black beans, fried tofu, vegetarian



  • ½ block tofu cut in triangles
  • ½ pack green beans roughly 20
  • 2 chinese eggplant skin half peeled and cut in diagonal slices
  • 2 cup corn oil for frying
  • 1 cup corn starch


  • ½ tablespoon corn oil
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 9 garlic cloves minced
  • fried tofu, green beans, eggplant


  • 2 tablespoon fermented black beans
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetarian oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch


  • Cut the tofu in squares and then cut them in triangles. Trim the ends off of the green beans.
    ½ block tofu
  • Peel the eggplant skin in stripes. This makes the eggplant less chewy and some of the skin prevents the eggplant from being too mushy. Slice the eggplant diagonally in 2 inch pieces.
    ½ pack green beans
  • Add 1 cup corn starch on the plate. Gently press the eggplant and tofu on the cornstarch. Make sure you get all sides.
    1 cup corn starch, ½ pack green beans
  • Add 2 cups of oil in a large pot. Heat the pot to medium heat. Check if oil is hot enough when you add a chopstick or wooden spoon in the oil and you see bubbles come up. Alternatively, you can wait until oil is at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2 chinese eggplant
  • Fry the tofu for 4-5 minutes or until tofu is golden brown and crispy. Fry the eggplant on both sides for 2 minutes. Fry the green beans for 4-5 minutes until they wrinkle. The eggplant, tofu and green beans soak up lots of oil so make sure to dab everything with paper towels to soak up the oil.
    ½ block tofu, ½ pack green beans, 2 chinese eggplant
  • To make the sauce, you will need 2 tablespoon fermented black beans. Gently wash them with water 1-2 times. In a bowl, mix together fermented black beans, 1 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 2 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon vegetarian oyster sauce, and 1 teaspoon corn starch. Mix until the corn starch is not clumpy.
    1 cup water, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon sugar, 2 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon vegetarian oyster sauce, 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • Slice onion and mince garlic. Heat pan to medium heat and add 1/2 tablespoon oil. Saute onion and garlic for 2 minutes. Add fried eggplant, green beans and sauce. Cook for 1 minute and add fried tofu. Mix together until sauce has thickened and coated all the ingredients.
    ½ tablespoon corn oil, 1 small onion, 9 garlic cloves, fried tofu, green beans, eggplant
  • This is traditionally cooked or added in a clay pot. You can put it in a clay pot or serve as is with white rice. Hope you enjoy!



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