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.
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
Gently slice the bean curd or silken tofu into small cubes. Set aside.
In a small bowl, season ground pork with salt and pepper. Sprinkle flour onto the pork, and mix well.
In a wok over medium heat, heat oil then sauté ground pork, about 15 minutes or until just cooked through.
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.
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.