According to Chinese beliefs, eating vegetarian dishes on the first day of Chinese New Year enhances longevity. My grandma's vegetables stir-fry dish with fermented bean curd is one dish I look forward to during this festive season. This is a healthy dish and is very easy to prepare.
Chinese red fermented tofu
The core taste of this dish comes from the fermented tofu which is also known as red fermented bean curd or 'hong fu ru' (紅腐乳). This fermented bean curd variation is made with red yeast rice which contributes a unique flavour. Therefore, it cannot be easily substituted. This vegetarian dish will not be the same without the fermented tofu. It would be awesome if you are able to get all the ingredients but it is totally fine if you miss one or two of them.
Natural flavour enhancer
Shiitake mushrooms need to be soaked in water for at least four hours to ensure they are soft and tender. The water which is used to soak the mushrooms should not be discarded. It should be added into the dish during cooking.
For a non vegetarian option, you may add six dried oysters for seafood flavours which will further enhance the taste of the dish.