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Mapo Tofu
18/08/2009 06:21:30    Author : kathyby66@gmail.com    Browse : 614

Mapo Tofu

Tofu is a very healthy and delicious food with very low calories and low fat, so if you want to lose weight, you can consider this delicious food. There are many ways to cook Tofu, Mapo Tofu is the most famous and easiest kind of Sichuan food and also the spicy taste also makes it very popular. The name Ma Po Tofu is roughly translated as "pockmarked grandmother beancurd,"named for the old woman who supposedly invented the dish.


Marinade for Ground Pork:

1) 1/2 Tbsp tapioca starch (can substitute cornstarch)

2) tablespoons soy sauce  


1) 1/4 pound ground pork

2) 1 pound regular tofu (medium firmness)

3) 1 leek or 3 green onions

4) 1/4 tsp salt

5) 1 tsp Chinese salted black beans (fermented black beans, also called Chinese black beans), or to taste

6) 1 Tbsp chili bean paste, or to taste

7) 3 Tbsp stock (chicken broth)

8) 1 Tbsp cornstarch

9) 2 Tbsp water

10) 2 Tbsp light soy sauce

11) Freshly ground Szechuan pepper

12) 2 - 3 tablespoons oil for stir-frying, as needed


Mix marinade ingredients. Marinate pork for about 20 minutes. Cut the tofu (bean curd) into 1/2 inch (1 cm) square cubes, and blanch (drop into boiling water) for 2 - 3 minutes.Remove from boiling water and drain.Chop leek or green onions into short lengths. Heat wok and add oil. When oil is ready, add the marinated pork. Stir-fry pork until the color darkens. Add salt and stir. Add the salted black beans. Mash the beans with a cooking ladle until they blend in well with the meat. Add the chili paste, then the stock, bean curd, and leek or green onions.Turn down the heat. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes. While cooking, mix cornstarch, water, and soy sauce together. Add to wok and stir gently. Serve with freshly ground Szechuan pepper.


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