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Mapo Tofu


A tasty sichuan Chinese style tofu served in a tasty chili and pork sauce!

Mapo tofu (or mapo doufu) is one of my all time favourite Chinese dishes and it’s easy to make at home! This is a Sichuan style of Chinese dish where tofu is served in a super tasty chili and black bean pork sauce. The authentic/traditional version of this recipe includes a few ingredients that you might need to make a trip to an Asian grocery store to find but it’s well worth it. The first ingredient is Sichuan peppercorns (花椒) which have a distinct flavour/aroma along with a slight mouth numbing effect that pairs perfectly with the heat of the chilies! Speaking of which, the chili heat comes from the doubanjiang (豆瓣酱) which is a spicy fermented bean paste and the last ingredient is douchi (豆豉) or fermented black beans. Once you have these ingredients, everything is super easy to make, taking less that 20 minutes which is just enough time to steam some rice to serve it with!

Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu



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