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Simple & Spicy Mapo Tofu

Simple & Spicy Mapo Tofu

This is a mapo tofu I made for my husband before getting married. He absolutely loves this dish!!

Ingredients: 2 servings

Firm tofu
1 block
Ground pork
100 g
Garlic
1 clove
Ginger
1 piece
Japanese leek
about 10 cm long
※Water
80 ml
※Chicken soup stock powder
1/2 teaspoon
※Sugar
2 teaspoons
※Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
※Tianmianjiang
2 teaspoons
★Katakuriko
1 teaspoon
★Water
1 tablespoon
Doubanjiang
1-2 tablespoons
Salt
1/4 teaspoon
Sesame oil
1 teaspoon
Vegetable oil
as needed

Steps

1. Mince the garlic, ginger, and leek. Combine the ※ and ★ ingredients separately and set aside.
2. Spread out some paper towels on a plate, and add the tofu, cut into 1.5 cm cubes. Microwave for 3 minutes (at 500 W) to drain out the excess moisture.
3. Heat some vegetable oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic, ginger, and leek and lightly cook. Add the ground pork and spread it out.
4. Add the doubanjiang and salt to a corner of the frying pan and continue to cook. Once it's become fragrant mix everything together.
5. Add the combined ※ ingredients. Once it comes to a boil add the tofu and simmer for 3 minutes on medium heat.
6. Use the water-dissolved katakuriko ★ to add thickness to the sauce. Add sesame oil and mix once, then transfer to a serving plate.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is a recipe that was in a book my mother brought when she got married. I've modified the recipe so that it's simple to make.