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Authentic Mapo Tofu

Authentic Mapo Tofu

This is an authentic recipe for Sichuan mapo tofu.
It is just the right spiciness that's perfect with a bowl of rice.

Ingredients: 3 servings

Tofu (firm or silken)
450 g
Japanese leek
1/2
Minced pork
150 g
★Soy sauce
1 teaspoon
★Tianmianjiang
1 tablespoon
☆Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon
☆Doubanjiang
1 tablespoon
◎Water
200cc
◎Chicken soup stock granules
2 teaspoons
◎Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
◎Sugar
1 tablespoon
◎Tianmianjiang
1/2 tablespoon
◎Miso
1/2 teaspoon
◎Gochujang
1/2 teaspoon
●Katakuriko
1 tablespoon
●Water
2 tablespoons
Ra-yu (optional)
1/2 to 1 tablespoon
Sichuan pepper (optional)
To taste

Steps

1. Mince the Japanese leek (refer to Recipe ID: 1764558) combine the ◎ ingredients. Mix the ● ingredients for the katakuriko slurry.
2. Heat sesame oil (about 1 tablespoon) in a pan. Add the minced pork and stir well. Then, stir in the seasonings and mix thoroughly.
3. Transfer the cooked mince to a plate. Next, cook the diced tofu in water on the lowest heat setting. Turn off the heat before it comes to a boil.
4. Heat the pan and add the ingredients. Cook over medium heat until aromatic.
5. Next, add the ◎ ingredients.
6. Return the cooked minced meat to the pan and bring to a boil.
7. Once boiled, add the cooked tofu. Simmer for about 1 minute.
8. Turning the heat high, add the Japanese leek and katakuriko slurry. Stir gently to thicken. Stir in ra-yu if you like and serve.

Story Behind this Recipe

One day I watched a TV coking show and it featured this mapo tofu recipe. I improved on this recipe to make it easy to prepare at home.