Easy Not-Spicy Mapo Tofu

Easy Not-Spicy Mapo Tofu

Let's make mapo tofu that even small children can eat using ingredients you have on hand and without relying on commercial mapo tofu mix.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Tofu (silken or firm)
1 block
Ground meat (pork, chicken, or whatever you'd prefer)
100 g
Grated ginger
1 tablespoon
Grated garlic
1 tablespoon
Sesame oil
1 tablespoon
Japanese leek
Sesame oil (to finish, optional)
1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon
Soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon
1 tablespoon
Chinese soup stock
2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons
1.5 cups (300 ml )
For adults
1 tablespoon
as much as you like


1. Combine the sauce ingredients and mix. Finely chop the leek.
2. Boil the tofu in salted water for a little bit beforehand, so that it's less likely to fall apart. Drain.
3. Heat a frying pan, add the sesame oil, grated ginger and grated garlic, and stir fry briefly.
4. Add the ground meat and stir fry until it's cooked through and crumbly. Add the chopped leek.
5. Add the combined seasoning ingredients from Step 1 and mix well. When the sauce has thickened, add the tofu from Step 2 and simmer for a while longer.
6. Once it is bubbling, add the optional sesame oil to finish.
7. If you want to make it spicier for grownups, add doubanjiang to the flavoring ingredients. You can use sesame oil or ra-yu to finish.

Story Behind this Recipe

This recipe was born because I was too cheap to buy commercial mapo tofu mix.