Fermented Bean Curd Recipe- Water Spinach Stir Fry

fermented bean curd recipe

Water spinach, or “通菜” is a unique vegetable that is crunchy at the bottom with beautiful leafy greens at the top. The best way to cook this vegetable is a simple and quick stir fry so you can still enjoy the crunchiness of the stem.


  • 1 bunch of water spinach 通菜 (8 oz) 
  • 3 cubes of preserved bean curd sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp of oil
  • 1 tbsp water or bean curd water
  • 1 thai chili (optional)


  1. Cut off ends of water spinach and discard. Cut spinach into 2-3 inch increments. Rinse water spinach in cold water and drain.
  2. In a small bowl, mash bean curd sauce until it forms into a paste. Use one tbsp of either bean curd water from the bottle or water to mix into sauce. Smash 2 cloves of garlic to get flavor out.
  3. Heat a wok on medium heat. Add in 1 tsp of oil. Once the wok is warm, add in garlic and cook for a minute. Add in bean curd sauce and then add in water spinach to wok. Close the lid and let the spinach cook for 1 minute. 
  4. After 1 minute, add in Thai chili and quickly mix sauce and water spinach together, and serve. 

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