Ok .. I'm in love with Pixian Bean Paste:
Shit you really need to try this .. go to the most dodgy asian food store you can find ... with loads of asian punters of course ... ask them where the pixian (pronouced - pi - shian ... but true to form I have been calling it Pixi-anne) bean paste is. Get yourself a packet, swing past the tofu section and score a tub of soft tofu, then grab some minced pork and hurry home for a culinary feast.
All you have to do is:
Chop and onion
Minced a couple of cloves of garlic and also about a thumbsworth of ginger
Perhaps a chilli or two if you like things spicy - sliced
Gently fry of all the above in some oil ... don't let the garlic burn or the onions brown
Add your minced pork ... and then 3 hefty tablespoons of Pixian Bean paste
Add a bit of water so that it doesn't stick to the pan
Fry this until the meat is cooked, then add your soft tofu into the mix .. this should break down completely and also help thicken the sauce.
Add spring onions before you serve
eat with rice.
How easy is that ... and oh so yummy!!