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Spicy meat sauce with bean curd – a Chinese classic!

1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp minced ginger
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp minced onion or shallot
1/2 lb ground pork

Add ginger, garlic and onion to oil. Crumble meat, chopping finely and stir-fry. When meat is done, add the following ingredients in the order listed, one by one, seasoning with white pepper and Chiu Chow to taste.

1 TBS Shao Xing
1/2 cup stock
2 tsp black bean paste
2 tsp soy sauce
1 lb soft tofu, 1-inch cubes
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/2 – 1 tsp Chiu Chow (Hot pepper oil)
2 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 TBS water

Cover and simmer two to three minutes to thicken lightly. Stir in green onion and serve. Serves 3-4 - Chef Michaelangelo (mick) Rosacci,,