Jo Ee, this is for you. I hope this is simple enough. This is what I grew up eating every lunch and my grandma makes it often. I tried to make it as idiot-proof for you as possible so shoot me with questions if it's still unclear, talk about it being idiot-proof.
It's basically Japanese egg tofu, that's what we call it back in Malaysia. It comes in a tube form and looks like this. I sliced the Japanese egg tofu into thick rings and coat it with cornstarch (also called cornflour or you can use tapioca flour or tapioca starch) and pan fry it until golden brown. Then I mixed all the meat ingredients together and stir fry it and pour it over the egg tofu. Done!
Japanese Egg Tofu with Minced Pork
1 Japanese Egg Tofu Tube, sliced into thick rounds
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced (use 2 tsp if using garlic in jar, mine looks like this)
1/2 cup chicken broth (or use 1/2 tsp No MSG chicken powder + 1/2 cup water)
1 tsp oyster sauce (just estimate, a dash or so would do)
Cornflour thickener (Mix 2 tsp cornflour with 2 tbsp COLD water)
1 egg, beaten (optional)
Minced pork marinade: Mix everything together and set aside for 10mins
100g minced pork (can use minced chicken too)
1 tbsp light soy sauce (just use the spoon you use for eating, doesn't have to be specific)
Dash of salt, sugar and pepper
Dash of sesame oil
1/2 tbsp cornflour (just estimate will do, can also )
Coat the tofu slices with cornflour/tapioca flour and pan fry over high heat until golden brown. Drain it on a paper towel and place on a serving plate.
Heat some oil in a pan over high heat. When hot, add in garlic and stir and cook for 10 seconds. Add in the minced pork and cook and stir nonstop, breaking the lumps as you go along, about 3 minutes. When pork is browned, add in the chicken broth (or water + chicken powder), oyster sauce and bring to boil. When boiling, let it simmer for 5mins over high heat. Give the cornflour thickener a good stir and pour it into the pan. Stir and cook for a minute. Add in beaten egg at this stage if you like. Dish it up and pour it over the tofu. Garnish with chopped spring onions.
Serve immediately with hot rice.
p/s: Spring onions are also known as green shallots or green onions in some countries. Cornflour and tapioca flour are also known as cornstarch and tapioca starch.
Have fun and lemme know your outcome. I know you can't cook a decent meal for live! It's not too late to start!