Vegetables and Tofu with Black Bean Sauce

Vegetables and Tofu with Black Bean Sauce
Vegetables and Tofu with Black Bean Sauce. This vegetarian dish was inspired by a dish that I had in one of the local Chinese restaurant when I was in Melbourne. The dish was called Budda’s Hotpot a vegetarian dish made up of a medley of vegetables and fried tofu in a thick black bean sauce serve in a hotpot.

Bok Choy and Tofu with Black Bean Sauce

The sauce was really tasty given the fact that the dish was vegetarian, this probably generous amount of sodium glutamate was used, which is a common practise in most Chinese restaurants.

Stirfry Vegetables and Tofu with Black Bean Sauce

Of course for my version I would not use sodium glutamate or Vetsin as we Pinoy call it. I would just rely on the flavours of the black bean sauce that I used therefore it is important to use a good quality black bean sauce. To really enhance the flavours I used shitake mushroom and oyster mushroom two of my favourite type of mushroom. In addition I used baby bok choy which is readily available here.

Budda's Hotpot

Again you may use any combination of similar type of vegetables that are available in your location. Here is the recipe of my Vegetables and Tofu with Black Bean Sauce.


1 piece big block tofu, sliced into thin rectangles, fried
150 grams shitake mushroom, sliced
150 grad oyster mushroom, sliced
1 small bundle baby bok choy, trimmed cut into serving pieces
1 medium size bell pepper, cut into big strips
2 pieces red and green long chili, sliced (optional or reduce quantity)
2-4 stalked leeks or large spring onion, cut diagonally
1/2 cup black bean sauce
1/4 cup oyster sauce
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 thumb size ginger cut into thin strips
2 medium size onions, quartered
1-2 tsp. sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
cooking oil

Cooking procedure:

Heat wok at high heat, when it starts to smoke ad in the garlic and ginger and quickly stir cook until fragrant. Add in the onion and mushrooms, continue to stir cook for about half a minute. Add in the fried tofu, the rest of the vegetables and stir cook for about 1 minute. Add in the black bean sauce, oyster sauce, sugar and about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water, continue to stir cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until the vegetables are just cooked. Correct saltiness and sweetness if required. Now thicken sauce with cornstrach diluted I 1/4 cup of water, cook for another minute or until the sauce has thickened. Serve immediately.


  1. Pwede po ba gumamit ng ibang klaseng mushroom?tsaka ano po ma rerecommend nyo good quality brand ng black bean sauce?dto pi kasi me sa not familiar sa black bean sauce nd mushrooms na nasa ingredients dto.tnx po!:)

  2. Pwede pong dried, kailangan ibabad lang sya, hindi po ako pamiliar sa mga brand ng black bean sauce dyan sa Singapore, sa mga supermarket po makikita...


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