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Tofu Bread Box

Dim Sum and Other Snack Foods

Tofu Bread Box
1 three-inch thick slice of whole wheat or white bread
1/2 large square of firm bean curd (about eight ounces)
2 cups vegetable oil
4 shrimp, peeled, veins removed, and diced
3 Tablespoons minced beef
2 Chinese black mushrooms, soaked, stems discarded, and diced
1 small carrot, coarsely chopped
1 scallion, slivered
2 teaspoons thin soy sauce
1 teaspoon oyster flavored sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with same amount of cold water
dash of salt and pepper, or to taste
1. Cut the center out of the bread leaving the sides and bottom in tact. Then line this box with half inch slices of bean curd, and lightly mash then into the bread being careful not to tear the bread.
2. Heat oil in a deep pot and fry this bread box until it is golden brown, turning it once or twice. Then remove and drain upside down on a paper towel; and set the oil aside for other uses.
3. Heat one teaspoon of the oil set aside, and fry the beef until no longer pink. Add prepared pieces of mushrooms, carrot, and scallion, and stir fry for one minute. Add soy and oyster sauces and the sesame oil and stir-fry for one minute, then add cornstarch and water mixture and the salt and pepper, and stir-fry until this mixture thickens slightly and is no longer cloudy.
4. Set bread box on a serving plate, pour the beef mixture into the box and if some spills over the sides that is fine. Serve.

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