Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tofu with Preserved Szechuan Vegetable and Pork

Tofu, the old-time Chinese favourite! The tofu is first steamed, cooled and topped with preserved, pickled Szechuan vegetables and pork. Szechuan vegetables are preserved with salt, hot pepper powder and some spices. The Szechuan vegetable that I used for this dish is sold in packets and it can be eaten as it is, usually as an accompaniment in porridge. I like to stir-fry this preserved vegetable with shredded pork. This is a really simple and tasty dish that goes well with steamed white rice or plain white porridge.

Tofu with Preserved Szechuan Vegetable and Pork
Ingredients :
1 pack soft tofu
100gm lean pork or chicken
80gm preserved Szechuan  vegetable
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 slices ginger
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cornflour + 1/2 tsp water
1/2 cup water
1 tsp chinese cooking wine (optional)

Method :
  1. Steam soft tofu for about 5 minutes. Drain, pat dry and put on serving plate.
  2. Cut pork to thin shreds and marinate with cornflour and 1 tsp water. Keep aside.
  3. Heat about 2 tbsp oil, saute chopped garlic and ginger slices till light brown and fragrant. Add in pork and stir for 2-3 minutes. Add in preserved Szechuan vegetables and water. Stir and let simmer for about 5 minutes until pork are cooked. Before adding salt, taste for saltiness, as the preserved vegetables are usually quite salty. Add in chinese cooking wine, if used, give a quick stir and dish out to the serving plate, on top of the steamed tofu. Serve hot.


  1. I know I would love this pickle. The dish sounds delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  2. Hi Love2cook,
    It's our family favourite too!

    Hi Mary,
    Thank you!

    HI Priya,
    Tnank you!

    Hi Vincent,
    Thank you! It is really nice of you guys to offer which I would gladly accept! Thanks!

  3. This looks great. I'm so glad you mentioned chicken, because I was wondering if it would be a good substitute.

  4. I like 榨菜!With tofu is even better!

  5. I've seen the packages of preserved Szechuan vegetables in the supermarket but didn't know what they were until now. Thanks for sharing this dish. Are these the same vegetables used in the 'Szechuan shredded pork noodles'?

  6. Hi Elsa,
    Yes, chicken would definitely be a good substitute.

    Hi Angie,
    I love Szechuan too!

    Hi KY,
    Yes, this is the same Szechuan vegetable, probably they use the one which has not been cut, which I always buy to boil soup. These are sold in big chunks and you have to slice it yourself. Love this preserved veggie!

  7. This looks wonderful and delicious. I would love it with pork or chicken!