24 December 2015

Stir-fried Bean Sprouts with Dried Tofu (Bean Curd)

Chinese name: 如意香干 (rú yì xiāng gān) Stir-fried Bean Sprouts with Dried Tofu
Characteristics: The bean sprouts in Stir-fried Bean Sprouts with Dried Tofu taste  fresh and crispy, while the dried bean curd in it is chewy with unique fragrance.

A popular story among the folk has it that Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) had never eaten a dish which appeared glistening yellow when he was on an inspection tour in Jiangnan (the area to the south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River). He felt it so crispy, tender and tasty that he asked the housewife about the name. Not knowing he was the emperor, the housewife joked that the dish was named 'Ruyi Dish', since the bean sprouts in it appeared like a Ruyi (a long curved decorative amulet symbolizing power and good fortune in China). When back at the palace, Emperor Qianlong remembered 'Ruyi Dish', but the royal chef had no idea about it. Later, the chef chanced upon a servant from Jiangnan, and got to know that it was actually stir-fried bean sprouts with dried tofu.
100 g bean sprouts
2 pieces dried Tofu (bean curd)
1 red chili
soy sauce
white sugar
Note: the amount of the ingredients especially the seasonings listed above can be measured according to one's personal taste.
Ingredients of Stir-fried Bean Sprouts with Dried Tofu
Preparation: Wash and clean the dried tofu and red chili, and then cut into thin shreds. Place onto separate plates. Wash and clean the garlic cloves after being husked, and then cut them into thin pieces.
Preparation for Stir-fried Bean Sprouts with Dried Tofu


Pour some cooking oil into the wok, add the garlic pieces and dried tofu shreds, and turn on the heat to low. Stir-fry it for 3-5 minutes until the dried tofu shreds feel fragrant and a little hard. Add the cleaned bean sprouts, red chili shreds, salt, white sugar and soy sauce. Turn to high heat, and stir-fry 1-2 minutes when the bean sprouts feel soft.
Stir-fry Bean Sprouts and Dried Tofu
Turn off the heat, remove the cooked Stir-fried Bean Sprouts with Dried Tofu from the wok and serve on a fine porcelain plate.
Stir-fried Bean Sprouts with Dried Tofu Completed

Tips: If you are a tofu lover, you can also try Home-style Tofu,  Celery and Dry Bean Curd or Ma Po Tofu.