Home-Style Tofu

Home-Style Tofu
This protein packed combination stir-fry works well as both a main dish or side dish with the accompaniment of steamed rice. You can opt for a purely vegetarian version by omitting the chicken but I’ve reconstructed the dish by what I had in a restaurant not too long ago.

Home-Style Tofu

Black beans are the main flavor component with a touch of heat from chili garlic sauce. You can find these at your local Asian grocery store or online. I use the Lee Kum Kee brand for both. Be sure to get firm tofu as it holds up to deep-frying really well, and crispy tofu is freaking delicious.

If you’ve been following me, you’ll know deep-frying firm tofu is my go-to method for bringing tofu dishes to the table such as Stir-Fry Tofu, Hot Plate Tofu and one of my favorites: Creamy Butter Tofu. Of course there are other ways to enjoy tofu and a wide variety of them but I just haven’t gotten around to experimenting with them yet.

Home-Style Tofu

While most people associate tofu as an entree or side dish, tofu can also be enjoyed as a dessert. Warm soft tofu swimming in a decadent sugary syrup, also known as Tau Fu Fa was a favorite of mine from food trucks in the city. Anyway, enjoy!

Home-Style Tofu

Home-Style Tofu

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 package firm tofu (14 oz.), cut into triangles
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced thinly
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 cup straw/button/shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup baby corn
  • 1/2 cup carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced diagonally


  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons black bean sauce
  • 1 tablespoon thick soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Over medium high heat, deep-fry tofu until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and set aside
  2. In a separate pan over medium high heat, saute garlic and ginger until fragrant
  3. Add chili sauce and black bean sauce and stir to mix for 1 minute
  4. Add in chicken slices and combine thoroughly. Cook for 3 minutes or until chicken is cooked through
  5. Add thick soy sauce, sugar and pepper to taste
  6. Toss in tofu and vegetables, mixing well
  7. Stir-fry for another 3 minutes
  8. Add in green onions and toss to mix for 1 minute
  9. Remove from heat and pour in sesame oil, stirring well
  10. Dish and serve hot



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  • Reply
    Navaneetham Krishnan
    October 11, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Loving this and another way of incorporating protein into meals. Btw, I have bought all the ingredients for your creamy tofu and its gonna hit our dining table tomorrow.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 11, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      That’s awesome! You’re going to love it 🙂

  • Reply
    August 30, 2019 at 9:01 PM

    Do you know a Tau Fu Fa recipe? I looked up what it was, and that sounds amazing!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      September 4, 2019 at 10:49 AM

      It’s like a hot desert version of tofu. I only ever got them from hawker stalls and wouldn’t try to make it at home. It’s way too complicated for me (or maybe I’m just super lazy). But I do recommend this recipe for trying it out if you want to get your hands dirty.

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