Neil Perry: Braised tofu, family-style, with black vinegar


  • Serves 4 people

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 braised shiitake mushrooms, sliced (see note)
  • Small handful of pickled mustard greens, sliced (see note)
  • Small handful pickled salted radish, sliced (see note)
  • ½ knob of ginger, peeled and cut into julienne
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing wine (see note)
  • 1 tbsp kecap manis
  • 1 tbsp Chinkiang vinegar (see note)
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp grated palm sugar
  • 250 ml (1 cup) chicken stock
  • 300 gm firm tofu, sliced into 6 pieces
  • ½ Lebanese cucumber, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp Sichuan peppercorns, roasted and ground
01   Heat the vegetable oil in a wok until just smoking. Add the mushrooms, mustard greens, radish, ginger and green onions and stirfry until fragrant (1-2 minutes), then deglaze the wok with the Shaoxing. Add the kecap manis, vinegar, soy sauce, palm sugar and stock. Check for balance, then add the tofu and reduce the heat to very low. Cover with a lid and braise for 4-5 minutes. Carefully transfer to a serving bowl, keeping the tofu intact. Top with the cucumber slices and sprinkle with the Sichuan pepper to serve.
Note Neil Perry uses braised shiitake mushrooms – the recipe is in his book or you can substitute with fresh shiitake mushrooms. Pickled mustard greens, pickled salted radish, Shaoxing wine and Chinkiang vinegar are available from Asian supermarkets.







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