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Mapo Tofu

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Today’s recipe is mapo tofu! We’ve made it before on stream, way back in our first month of streaming, and I loved it then, too.

The recipe we used is from Omnivore’s Cookbook.

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mapo tofu

Mapo Tofu

Ingredients
  • 4 oz ground pork
  • 2 tsp shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1 tsp shoyu
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, minced
  • 3 tsp sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 5 tbsp doubanjiang
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 14-oz blocks firm tofu, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp five-spice powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp water
Cooking Directions
  1. Mix the ground pork, shaoxing wine, shoyu, and ginger in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat vegetable oil and peppercorns in a large nonstick pan over medium high heat. When the peppercorns crisp up, remove them with a spatula and transfer into a bowl layered with paper towels. Reserve for garnishing.
  3. Add ground pork and doubanjiang to the spicy oil. Stir fry over medium heat until pork is evenly coated with doubanjiang. Add green onion and stir fry for another minute.
  4. Spread tofu evenly on top of ground pork. Add five spice and sugar. Pour in water and bring to a simmer. Simmer, covered, over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until tofu becomes tender and the sauce has reduced to half. Taste the tofu with some broth (be careful, it will be very hot!) and adjust seasoning as needed. Gently mix well with spatula.
  5. Grind the fried peppercorns in a coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle.
  6. Mix cornstarch water until fully dissolved and swirl it into the pan. Gently stir a few times, until sauce thickens. Turn off heat and transfer everything to a bowl.
  7. Garnish with green onions and a small pinch of the ground peppercorns, if using. Serve warm over steamed rice.

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