1 pound soft bean curd
2 Tablespoons corn oil
1/4 pound beef (or pork), chopped
1 scallion, minced
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
2 Tablespoons chili paste with garlic
1 teaspoon black bean paste with chili
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon dark soy sauce or thick soy
1/2 teaspoon chili oil
1 Tablespoon cornstarch mixed with one tablespoon cold water

1. Cut bean curd into one-inch by half-inch by half-inch squares and put it in a large strainer.
2. Boil two quarts of water and pour it over the bean curd.
3. Heat corn oil and fry the beef, scallion, garlic, and ginger for two minutes then add the bean curd and gently stir for one minute.
4. Add chili paste and the black bean paste and stir gently then add all the rest of the ingredients and gently stir-fry for two minutes, then serve.