Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mabo Tofu

One of the most popular Chinese dishes, mabo tofu is quick and delicious! The flavor and spiciness is all based on the sauce you buy, so be sure to try many kinds! Pre-mixed "mabo tofu" sauce is available in some places so you don't even need to do anything other than add it to tofu, but if you want to make mabo tofu with authentic do ban jiang (spicy bean paste), here is the recipe for it!

Ingredients:
1 box of tofu
ginger, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 stalk of green onion, diced
2Tbs of spicy bean paste
1tsp cornstarch

NOTE: adjust spices to your liking

Directions:
1) Gather your ingredients
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2)Dice tofu into bite-sized chunks
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3)Heat oil in a wok or pan and throw in the ginger and garlic until fragrant
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4)Add tofu and spicy bean paste
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5) Add some water to help the bean paste mix with the tofu. Mix everything together carefully with a spatula to prevent breaking the tofu
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6)Cover and cook for 3-5 minutes. This lets the tofu soak up all the yummy flavor!
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7)Mix cornstarch with enough water to dissolve and add it to the pan. This thickens the sauce so it is easier to scoop and serve
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8)Turn off the heat, mix in the green onions, and you are done!!
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This recipe is very flexible so you can add or adjust any ingredients to suit your own style. Try adding some ground pork if you eat meat! This is a popular way to serve this dish.

Mabo tofu is one of my favorite foods and I hope it can become one of yours, too!