Mapo tofu is a Chinese dish made with tofu and ground meat in a spicy bean sauce. I first made mapo tofu a few months ago and it quickly became one of my favorite dishes. This recipe is easy to make and super tasty. I really like the flavour of the fermented black bean sauce. You can make this dish as spicy as you want by adding or removing chili sauce. The tofu adds a nice contrasting texture and it seems to be almost cool and refreshing compared to the spiciness of the rest of the dish.
1 pound ground pork
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 clove garlic (chopped)
1 teaspoon ginger (grated)
1 tablespoon black bean sauce
1 tablespoon chili sauce (such as sambal oelek)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons chicken stock
1 pound firm tofu (cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
1 bunch green onions (chopped)
1. Brown pork in an pan and drain fat.
2. Heat the oil in the pan.
3. Add the garlic and ginger and saute in the oil for a minute.
4. Add black bean paste, chili sauce, soy sauce, and chicken stock and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
5. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning.
6. Add the tofu and cook until the tofu is warm. (Stir gently so as to not break the tofu.)
7. Serve and garnish with green onion.
Mapo Tofu Version 2.0
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