WATCH: How To Make Mapo Tofu

This silky tofu and chunky pork dish is a delicious Chinese dish you can easily recreate at home.

A favorite Chinese dish, Mapo Tofu is a silky tofu and ground pork dish is extra flavorful. It's tossed in a delicious sauce made with soybean paste, garlic, ginger, and chili. The delicate soft tofu easily breaks down and becomes part of the sauce, creating a well-mixed meal you'll want to serve with lots of rice. 


  • Mapo Tofu Recipe¬†
  • Takes¬†20 minutes
  • Makes 4 servings
  • 2 packs silken tofu, drained
  • 1/4 kilo ground pork
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon¬†freshly ground black pepper, more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1-inch ginger, peeled, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons¬†Doubanjiang¬†(spicy fermented bean paste)
  • 3 teaspoons¬†chili-garlic sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon¬†five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 pieces red chili pepper (siling labuyo), finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons green onion, chopped
  • 1 Gently slice the bean curd or silken tofu into small cubes. Set aside.
  • 2 In a small bowl, season ground pork with salt and pepper. Sprinkle flour onto the pork, and mix well.
  • 3 In a wok over medium heat, heat oil then saut√© ground pork, about 15 minutes or until just cooked through.
  • 4 Add the garlic and ginger, and cook until aromatic. Add the bean paste, black pepper, chili-garlic sauce, and the five-spice powder. Stir. Sprinkle in flour and mix to coat, making sure the ground pork is well coated with the sauce.
  • 5 Add the cubed tofu, and gently stir. Bring to a simmer. Stir again, being careful not to break the tofu. Add chili and green onions. Cook until heated through, and serve while hot on steamed rice.¬†
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