Milkfish & Tofu in Black Bean Sauce

Good Morning!

This dish reminds me of my father, but he prepares this dish using pork. He loves to cook and experiment too and this is one of his specialties. I think this is what I inherit from him, the passion for cooking. Being the eldest I grew up assisting him in the kitchen as he cook, most of the time he will ask me to do the cutting and handing to him the next ingredient he’ll use 😉

A nostalgic dish, indeed 🙂


serves 2 to 3 persons

  • 350g firm or extra firm tofu (cut into cubes)
  • 250g milk fish (no scales, sliced, seasoned with salt and dredged into 1 tbsp flour)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp oil (used in frying tofu and fish)
  • 1/2 inch ginger (sliced into strips)
  • 1 small onion (sliced into strips)
  • 4 cloves garlic (sliced thinly)
  • 3 tbsp black beans
  • 1 tsp crushed black beans
  • 1 tsp black bean brine

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Fry the tofu then the fish until golden, transfer to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.

Sauce : In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, water, sugar and cornstarch. Mix until sugar dissolves.

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Using the same pan used for frying tofu and fish. Leave only 2 tbsp of oil and transfer the rest to a container.

Heat the pan over medium heat and saute ginger, onion and garlic until aromatic, then add black beans. Pour the sauce and bring to a boil while stirring from time to time (since the cornstarch might solidify at the bottom) or until it thickens a little. Taste and adjust accordingly.

Add tofu and fish to the pan, making sure that each piece is coated with sauce, bring to simmer for 2 minutes, covered. Turn off heat and serve with hot rice.

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  • Aside from milkfish, you can use any fish you prefer, you can also use pork belly and beef.
  • The black beans in can, can really be salty, so you might want to wash the beans first.
  • The brine was used instead of salt to season the sauce and to add flavor as well. Just like the brine, crushed black beans add flavor too.
  • It’s really up to you how much black beans you want in your dish.
  • You can add chili to spice up the dish.

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Do you agree that food can bring so much memories too?


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