This Chinese-style tofu with black bean sauce is absolutely delicious and super easy to make! Made with pan-fried tofu, fermented soybeans, ginger and garlic, it's loaded with flavor and almost as easy as ordering takeout!
Place the beans into a small bowl and cover them with hot water. Let them soak for 1 hour.
Drain the beans then mash them with a fork.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a small saucepan.
When the oil is hot, add the white parts of your scallions, along with the garlic and ginger. Sauté everything for about 1 minute, until very fragrant.
Stir in ⅔ cup of water, along with the mashed beans, soy sauce, sugar, rice vinegar, and sambal oelek.
Raise the heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Lower the heat and let it cook at a low simmer for 10 minutes.
While the sauce simmers, coat the bottom of a medium skillet with the remaining tablespoon of oil and place it over medium heat.
When the oil is hot, add the tofu pieces in an even layer. Allow them to cook for about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown on both sides.
After the sauce has simmered for 10 minutes, stir the cold water and cornstarch together in a small container, then add the mixture to the sauce.
Bring the sauce back to a simmer. Once it thickens up (after about 30 seconds), remove the pot from heat and stir in the sesame oil.
Carefully pour the sauce into the skillet with the tofu. It should quickly come to a simmer. Stir everything to combine, then remove the skllet from heat and add the green parts of your scallions.
Serve the black bean tofu with rice.