This dish was my attempt to acknowledge and celebrate the beginning of the Chinese New Year - Year of the Rabbit in Scotland. I had great intentions of making my own black bean sauce. I was even going to cut out tofu in rabbit shapes. Then I would have been able to call the dish something more interesting like 'pan fried 'tofu rabbit' in black bean sauce', but I didn't have the patience, energy or enthusiasm today. Instead I offer you a plate of 'pan fried tofu in Chinese Black bean sauce' generously ladled over plain boiled rice.
I know some people would assert that stir fries are perfect mid week suppers, as they can take minutes to make, but I think they overlook the time it can take to peel and slice the raw vegetables. Of course once that preparation is done, then yes it is speedy.
I have to put my hands up today and admit that I was actually a bit of a cheats feet tonight. I've used a jar of shop bought black bean sauce and (reduced priced) prepacked and sliced vegetables for stir fries. The packet contained: matchstick carrots, sliced mushrooms, sprouts and some shredded greens. The only components of the meal that I made from scratch was the rice (yes I know it should traditionally be noodles), and the pan fried tofu strips, which were stirred into the sauce. The meal was just okay.
Anyway, may I wish all my readers, especially those whom are celebrating the Chinese New Year - A very Happy New Year.