Home-style Tofu

Chinese name: 家常豆腐 (jiā cháng dòu fǔ)

Style: Sichuan Cuisine

Characteristics: Home-style Tofu is soft in texture and the flavor is quite fresh. As the tofu is fried in advance, the dish looks golden red in color. Cooking with this recipe results in a salty and spicy dish.
Home-style Tofu is a popular dish throughout China among all ages. It is loaded with nutrition, especially protein, and its main ingredient – tofu is reasonably priced all year round. A common accompaniment to this dish is rice, so it has been welcomed by housewives as a way to treat their guests to some real homestyle cooking.

Recipe of Cooking Home-style Tofu


firm tofu, 300g; 3-4 dry black fungus;
half of red pepper; half of green pepper
Home-style Tofu Ingredients


cooking oil; garlic; ginger; salt; light soy sauce

Note: The amounts of the ingredients and seasonings listed above can be adjusted according to one's personal taste.
Home-style Tofu Sesonings


1. Clean tofu and cut into triangular or diamond-shaped chunks.
2. Discard the seeds of the red and green peppers. Clean them and cut into triangular or diamond-shaped chunks.
3. Soak the black fungus in cold or warm water. After 10-15 minutes, pick out and cut into slices.
4. Remove the husk of garlic and peel the ginger. Clean them and cut into small pieces.
Preparation for Home-style Tofu



Fry the tofu: Pour enough cooking oil in wok. Heat it until hot. Put in the tofu one by one and fry over low heat. Turn over now and then. When they turn golden, pick out and drain off the oil.

Fry Tofu

Leave some cooking oil in wok. Heat it over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger. Fry for 10 seconds until fragrant. Then add in the red and green peppers. Stir-fry for 20-30 seconds.

Stir-fry Red and Green Peppers

Add the soaked black fungus. Fry for 30 seconds. Then pour the fried tofu in the wok.

Stir-fry Home-style Tofu

Add in light soy sauce and salt. Stir to make the seasoning coat all ingredients and mix well. Turn off the heat.

Add Seasonings to Tofu

The Home-style Tofu is ready. Serve the dish on a fine porcelain plate. It has a beautiful color and an alluring fragrance.

Home-style Tofu


1. Winter bamboo shoots, carrots and garlic sprouts can also be used in the dish.
2. After serving the dish on a plate, you can place some small scallions in the mixture. This will generally improve the taste and the appearance of the dish.
3. Celery and Dry Bean Curd and Mapo Tofu are highly recommended if you are a tofu lover.

Nutrition Value of Home-style Tofu

1. Tofu: The rich protein contained in Tofu is of high nutritional value, and it has amino acids that benefit the body. Tofu also contains much lecithin, which can protect vascular cells and prevent cardiovascular diseases. In addition, the lecithin is good for the growth and development of the brain so that tofu is the choice of many moms for their children.

2. Black fungus: It is packed with iron, which helps to prevent anemia. The vitamin K inside can diminish blood coagulum, so the black fungus helps to avoid suffering from thrombosis and coronary heart disease. What’s more, consuming black fungus over an extended period of time can prevent cancer.

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- Last updated on Oct. 25, 2019 -
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