Mapo Tofu with Onions

Mapo Tofu with Onions

You can make a pretty delicious mapo tofu just using onions and the miso you have! It's easy to eat for kids because of the sweetness of the onion too.

Ingredients: 3 servings

Firm tofu
1 block (350 g)
Ground pork
200 g
1 small
★ Red miso, mirin, sake, sesame oil
2 tablespoons each
★ Sugar, soy sauce
1 tablespoon each
★ Doubanjiang
about 1 teaspoon
★ Grated ginger
A small amount
◎ Katakuriko to thicken the sauce
about 1/2 tablespoon


1. Finely chop the onion, and stir-fry it well in a frying pan.
2. Add the ground pork and stir-fry.
3. To make the miso sauce: Dissolve the miso in mirin, then add the other ingredients marked with ★ to make the sauce.
4. Add the cubed tofu and miso sauce to the frying pan and bring to a boil. Add the katakuriko dissolved in water to thicken the sauce. There's not much water in the sauce, so add a little to adjust the consistency.

Story Behind this Recipe

Before I got married I used to use a commercial mapo tofu mix, but it's surprisingly easy to make this dish from scratch!
I used onion instead of leek or green onion since I usually have onion on hand. By combining the regular miso we have in house with doubanjiang and sesame oil, it turns into an authentic Chinese! Delicious even without tianmianjiang.