Chinese Mushroom Smothered Bean Curd Aka Tofu

Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 20 mins

From Irene Kuo's Chinese Cookbook

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Quarter your bean curd squares then cut into 2 triangles. Turn each on longest side and cut thru to make 3 thin triangles from each. Set aside.
  2. Cover mushrooms with 3/4 cup boiling water and soak 1 hour. Lightly squeeze to let liquid drain back into bowl [NOTE this is where you get the mushroom liquid. The soaking water not the rinse step] then rinse briefly and squeeze dry. Destem and cut cap into 1/2 inch wide slices. Place scallions, ginger, mushrooms and curd on work tray. Measure mushroom liquid if you are short 1/2 cup add some stock or water.
  3. Heat large heavy skillet over high until hot. add oil. Swirl. heat for 15 seconds. Lower heat to med and place scallions and ginger in and stir rapidly a few times. Add the sherry, soy, sugar and mushroom liquid. As it sizzles to boil add mushrooms and bean curd. Turn gently a few times. Adjust heat to maintain gentle simmer. Cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. Turn contents half way thru.
  4. You should be minus the liquid or close to it at this point. Add the oil and turn once more. The serve.
Most Helpful

This is a super easy and tasty meal. I soaked the dried shiitakes for only about 20 minutes and use shaoxing wine for the sherry. I also reduced the oil to 3 tsp. Easy to throw together and had a good flavor; served with cooked brown rice. This is a recipe I'd gladly make again. Thanks!

zaar junkie November 17, 2010

I made this tonight for two people, and it was great. The mushroom stock was a new twist on the old chickstock Chinese recipes. I did add some snowpeas for the texture, and the need to use them. Can't believe this recipe has been on here so long and no one tryed it. Must not have many tofu fans around....

Trebek August 05, 2009

Part of my St. Paddy's Day celebration, along with Colcannon. (a bit twisted, I know) ;) Used shaoxing wine and served with snap peas, just like the cook below. If you buy your Chinese dried black mushrooms at the local Asian market, they're not that expensive and you'll have plenty for several dishes!

Caroline G. March 17, 2014