Inspired by Mark Bittman's recipe in "How to Cook Everything."
Prepare the tofu:
Slice the tofu into four 1/2 inch slabs. Place on a cookie sheet lined with paper towel. Cover with more paper towels. Press flat with another cookie sheet to drain well. In a large bowl, mix the chili paste and soy sauce. Slice the tofu into 1/2 inch cubes. Toss into a bowl with chili and soy sauce. Set aside.
Prepare the eggplant: Grate and crush ginger and garlic. Wash and cut the eggplant (with skin) into 1/2 -1 inch cubes. Discard the stem.
Crisp the mushrooms: heat half oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Remove stems and chop into small disks. Start cooking the stems. Slice the caps into 1/4 inch slices. Add to pan once the stems have softened. Cook until crispy, 5-10 minutes. Remove from pan.
Cook the eggplant: Add the remaining oil to the same pan. Add the garlic and ginger, saute until fragrant, about a minute. Add the eggplant. Cook, stirring occasionally until soft -- about 20 minutes. Add a little water when necessary to de-glaze the pan.
Finish: Stir in the tofu. Cook 3-5 minutes until warm. Taste for salt and heat. Add soy and chili paste as needed. Serve topped with crispy mushrooms. (Recipe #766)