1. Dice the onion. Finely chop the garlic, bird’s-eye chillies and coriander. Cut the silken tofu into 2cm cubes.
2. Wash and drain the preserved black beans, place them in a sealable plastic bag with the Sichuan peppercorns and bash them with a rolling pin until lightly crushed.
3. Place the meat in a bowl, add the marinade ingredients and massage together well with your hands. Mix the sauce ingredients together in a separate bowl.
4. Heat the oil in a wok over a medium-high heat until smoking-hot.
5. Add the onion to the pan and stir-fry for 1 minute until the onions are lightly browned and starting to soften.
6. Add the garlic, black bean and peppercorn mix and chilli to the pan, followed immediately by the marinated pork. Stir-fry for a further 2 minutes, until the pork mince is separated and browned, then pour over the sauce and bring to a vigorous boil.
7. Add cornflour paste gradually until you get the desired thickness of the sauce
8. Add the diced tofu to the wok, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring gently so as not to break up the tofu pieces too much. Continue to bubble away until the sauce has thickened and reduced by a third, but the dish is still nice and brothy. Remove from the heat.
Serve in a large bowl and scatter over the finely chopped coriander to garnish.
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