Saturday, May 16, 2009

Ma Po Tofu - Asian Cuisine Pt. 3

Here is the third Asian dish. Ma Po Tofu is a famous dish in Szechuan cuisine. This dish is a combinaison of tofu and ground meat with spicy chili bean sauce added. A great story about the origin of Ma Po Tofu is found on wiki.

Serves 4
Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins


850g hard tofu, do not use soft tofu
500g ground beef or pork
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 1/2 tbsp chili bean sauce
1 green onion, chopped


1. Cut each tofu block into 6 pieces as shown in the picture below.

2. In a wok or in a large skillet, heat oil over high heat. Cook ground meat until it turns brown. Add in garlic and cook for 1 min.

3. Add tofu to the wok and add water until the tofu is 3/4 covered. Add chili bean sauce and mix it with water. Stir occasionally.

4. Evaporate until there is almost no liquid (1/4 liquid left) and tofu softens, about 15 mins.

5. Remove from heat. Transfer onto a plate and add green onion on top of the tofu. Serve.

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