Recipe courtesy of Ching-He Huang

Sichuan Tofu Gan and Warm Celery Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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2 tablespoons chili oil, plus more for garnish

1 tablespoon chili bean paste

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns

1 large clove garlic, coarsely chopped

3 inner celery stalks, with leaves, sliced diagonally 1/4-inch thick

One 8-ounce package firm tofu gan (dried firm beancurd), sliced into 1/8-inch-thick slices

1 teaspoon light soy sauce

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Juice of 1/2 lemon 

1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1/4 cup roasted salted peanuts


  1. Whisk together the chili oil, chili bean paste and rice vinegar in a small bowl. 
  2. Heat a wok over high heat until smoking and pour in the vegetable oil. Add the peppercorns and garlic and toss briefly, and then add the celery and stir-fry until softened, 1 minute. Stir in the tofu and carefully toss until heated through, about 1 minute. Pour in the chili oil sauce and toss well until warm throughout. 
  3. Stir in the soy sauce and season with sea salt, black pepper and the lemon juice, adding more to taste.
  4. Transfer to a platter and sprinkle the cilantro and peanuts over the top. Drizzle more chili oil over the salad and serve immediately.