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. 

 

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Mapo Tofu 

 

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.

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3

In a wok over medium heat, heat oil then sauté 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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