Stir-fried silken tofu with black vinegar & mustard greens


  • 60g pickled mustard greens (available at Asian grocers)
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber
  • 200g black fungi
  • 300g silken tofu
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp kecap manis
  • 1 tbsp Chinese black vinegar
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp grated palm sugar
  • 1 tsp toasted Sichuan pepper, ground
  • Handful coriander leaves and chilli oil, to serve


Finely chop the mustard greens. Peel and de-seed cucumber, then cut into 5mm half-moons. Tear fungi into bite-sized pieces.

Slide tofu from packet onto a chopping board, trying to keep it in one piece. Slice in half horizontally, then cut into 1.5cm squares.

Place a wok on a high heat. When hot, add oil then garlic, ginger and mustard greens. Stir-fry for a minute until fragrant, then add fungi and fry for another minute. Add shaoxing, kecap manis, black vinegar, stock, soy, palm sugar and half the Sichuan pepper. Combine well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and check seasoning, ensuring a balance of salty, sweet and sour. Add the cucumber and stir through.

Using a knife or a spatula, carefully lift the tofu, trying not to crumble it, and gently slide into the centre of the sauce in the wok. Place a lid on top and allow to gently steam in the sauce for about 5 minutes.

Using a large kitchen spoon, carefully move tofu from the wok into a deep, share-style serving dish, trying to not break the tofu pieces. Sprinkle with remaining Sichuan pepper, scatter with coriander and drizzle with chilli oil. Serve at the table as a share dish.

NOTES: Want something to drink?
Try the Turkey Flat Rosé 2015, Barossa Valley, SA.

A blend of four varieties, dominated by grenache, this is full of strawberry, cherry and herbal notes. It is the perfect foil for the Sichuan pepper and vibrant mustard greens.

First published in the Good Weekend. Photography by William Meppem and Jennifer Soo. Styling by Hannah Meppem. Food preparation by Nick Banbury.

You may also like

  • Serves 4 as part of a shared banquet
  • Serves 8
  • 40 minutes