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Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu
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  • 1 pound firm tofu, drained and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3  1/2 ounces ground (minced) pork
  • 1 teaspoon fermented black beans, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pixian chili paste, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped ginger
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sichuan pepper
  • Steamed rice, to serve

Mapo Tofu

By Kei Lum and Diora Fong Chan

Recipe from China: The Cookbook by Kei Lum and Diora Fong Chan.

Instructions

REGION: SICHUAN
PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES, PLUS 5 MINUTES SOAKING TIME
COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES
SERVINGS: 4

Soak the tofu in a bowl of hot water, add 1/2 teaspoon salt, and set aside for 5 minutes. Drain.

Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet (frying pan) over medium heat, add the pork, and stir-fry for 2–3 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Put in the fermented black beans, chili paste, ginger, and garlic. Stir in the chili powder, add 4 tablespoons water, and bring to a boil.

Add the tofu, gently stir, and reduce to low heat. Simmer, covered, for about 1 minute. Stir in the soy sauce, sugar, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Mix the cornstarch (cornflour) with 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl and stir this mixture into the wok. Bring to a boil, stirring, for about 30 seconds to thicken the sauce. Add the sesame oil and scallions (spring onions), toss, and transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle over the ground Sichuan pepper and serve with rice.

 

China cookbook

Adapted from CHINA: THE COOKBOOK  by Kei Lum and Diora Fong Chan (Phaidon, $49.95 US/$65.00 CAN, September 2016)

 

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