Cauliflower Stir-Fried with Fermented Bean Curd

Chichi's Chinese

Home-style Chinese cooking from a real-world home cook.

Cauliflower Stir-Fried with Fermented Bean Curd
  • Yield:serves 4 as an appetizer
  • Active time:15 minutes
  • Total time:15 minutes
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Chichi's Chinese: Fermented Bean Curd

[Photograph: Chichi Wang]

About the author: Born in Shanghai and raised in New Mexico, Chichi Wang currently resides in Manhattan, where she divides her time between writing, cooking, and tracking down the best noodles in the city. Visit her blog, Mostly Tripe.

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  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into 1/4-thin slices
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 tablespoons water or stock
  • 3 cubes red or white fermented bean curd
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. 1.

    Heat oil in a large wok over high heat until smoking. Add the cauliflower and stir-fry until tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Push to the sides and add garlic to center. Stir fry until golden, about 30 seconds. Toss garlic and cauliflower together.

  2. 2.

    Add the stock or water and cover the wok with a lid or plate. Let the liquid simmer until almost evaporated, about 2 minutes.

  3. 3.

    Remove the lid and add the cubes of fermented bean curd. Break up the bean curd with a spatula and toss the cauliflower around to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a plate and serve immediately.

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