Tie Ban Dou Fu 鐵板豆腐 (Chafing Dish Tofu)

  • 250 g (9 oz) extra firm tofu
  • 80 g (3 oz) preserved pork belly, sliced thinly (bacon is a good substitute)
  • 4 leek stems, cut into 3 cm (1") lengths 
  • 4 fresh shiitake mushrooms, cut into chunks
  • 1 large chilli pepper, sliced diagonally into 3 or 4 pieces 
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Taiwan rice wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon of white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot bean paste
  • Pepper, dash 
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil

  1. Spread leeks and mushrooms in chafing dish.
  2. Cut tofu into slices about 2 cm (3/4") thick, Add oil to non-stick pan, and brown tofu slightly on a low to medium heat. Remove to chafing dish.
  3. Fry pork in a wok with a little oil at a medium heat until fragrant and slightly crisp. Remove and sprinkle over tofu.
  4. Add chilli to chafing dish.
  5. Except for sesame oil, add sauce ingredients to wok. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Add sesame oil, and pour sauce over other ingredients in chafing dish.
  6. Light chafing dish burner, and serve. Eat as soon as sauce starts to bubble. Turn off burner after a few minutes to avoid overcooking.