Ma Po Tofu
Chinese name: 麻婆豆腐 (má pó dòu fu)
Style: Sichuan (Szechuan) Cuisine
Ma Po Tofu is the most well-known among the spicy and hot dishes of Sichuan Cuisine. The easy Mapo Tofu recipe below uses tofu, ground beef, chopped chili peppers, and broad bean paste.
Its characteristics can be well expressed with the following terms: spicy, hot, delicious, tender and fresh. The dish is not only popular among domestic diners, but also attracts more and more international gourmets.
Recipe of Cooking Ma Po Tofu
soft tofu, 200g
cooking oil; fermented black soybeans; broad bean paste; chili powder; pepper powder;
salt; starch; sesame oil; green onion; garlic; ginger
Note: The amount of the ingredients and seasonings above can be appropriately used according to one's personal taste.
2. Clean and chop the beef.
3. Remove the husk of garlic and peel the ginger. Mince both of them.
4. Trim the green onion and cut into small pieces.
5. Chop the broad bean paste.
6. Prepare 10ml wet starch.
Poach/Boil the tofu: Place a wok with enough water over high heat. Bring it to a boil. Slide the tofu cubes into wok and add some salt which will help to release the beany flavor and keep the tofu intact. Poach for 2-3 minutes. Remove and drain off water with a colander.
Stir-fry the beef: Pour some cooking oil in wok and heat it till hot. Add in the ground beef and stir-fry over high heat until the beef turns yellowish-white.
Process the seasonings: Push the fried beef aside with the cooking ladle. Switch to low heat. Add in minced ginger, garlic and fermented black soybeans. Mix well and stir-fry for 5 seconds until fragrant. Then add in broad bean paste and fry over moderate heat for 10-20 seconds. Add the chili powder to the mixture. Combine well with beef and fry for another 2 minutes.
Fry the tofu: Slide the poached tofu into wok. Completely combine with the seasonings added in Step 3. Add in pepper powder and sesame oil and mix well.
Sprinkle the wet starch on the ingredients and mix well. Fry over high heat until the sauce is nearly dried out. Sprinkle some chili powder and chopped green onion. Turn off the heat and serve the dish on a plate.
The Ma Po Tofu is done. All parties will love the hot and spicy flavor.
History of Ma Po Tofu
A tour group with 16 guests from USA and Australia, including Mr. Bruce, Ms. Ruth, Mr. Jules, and Ms. Carol had a family visit in Xi'an arranged by TravelChinaGuide. This was also the fourth time Mr. Bruce traveled with us. They enjoyed their time there and also the food offered by the hostess. Ms. Carol was so exciting to cook Chinese dish Ma Po Tofu for the first time.
Mr. Iain & Ms. Elizabeth from USA had an unusual A la carte meal in a local Xi'an family under the elaborate management by our company. All the dishes they ate were cooked by the skillful hostess, except two of them - Mapo Tofu and Braised Pomfret were even made by Ms. Elizabeth herself under the detailed instructions of the patient hostess.See details at Mr. Iain's feedback
Mr. & Mrs. Eichhorn from Germany experienced a special family tour of Travelchinaguide. In addition to visit the Chinese apartment and communicate with the host, Mrs. Eichhorn also had a rare chance to learn to cook Mapo Tofu on site from the hostess. The couple commented it the most valuable experience of their China trip.