Recipe: Appetizing Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu.

Mapo Tofu You can cook Mapo Tofu using 14 ingredients and 9 steps. Here is how you achieve it.

Ingredients of Mapo Tofu

  1. Prepare 500 g of soft to medium-firm tofu.
  2. You need 12 of dried black mushrooms.
  3. You need 80 g of fermented black beans.
  4. It’s 4 cloves of garlic, chopped.
  5. It’s 8 cm of ginger, chopped.
  6. It’s 4 of dried Sichuan type peppers, chopped.
  7. You need 4 of scallions, sliced diagonally.
  8. Prepare 4 g of Sichuan pepper, lightly crushed.
  9. You need 80 g of chili bean paste.
  10. Prepare 20 g of Chinese cooking wine.
  11. You need 20 g of light soy sauce.
  12. It’s 20 g of sesame oil.
  13. It’s 20 g of sugar.
  14. It’s 8 g of corn starch.

Mapo Tofu instructions

  1. Soak the black mushrooms in 0.4 l water for 20 minutes, wring out the excess water back in the bowl and chop the mushrooms. Reserve the mushroom flavoured water for the sauce..
  2. Chop the ginger and garlic, and crush the black beans slightly..
  3. Stir fry the mushrooms and black beans on high heat in some peanut oil until slightly crispy and fragrant..
  4. Lower the heat, add the chopped ginger, garlic, Sichuan pepper, scallion whites and chili, and stir fry until fragrant and the garlic starts to brown..
  5. Mix the mushroom water with the chili bean paste, wine, soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar and add the sauce to the wok and let simmer for a few minutes..
  6. Cut the tofu in inch sized cubes and add them to the sauce, stirring carefully to avoid breaking them. Let simmer on low heat until the tofu is heated through..
  7. Mix the corn starch with some cold water and add to the wok, and continue to simmer until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon..
  8. Adjust hotness with chili oil, "mala" (the numbing quality of the Sichuan pepper) with more Sichuan pepper, saltiness with salt and sweetness with sugar. Garnish with the scallion greens..
  9. Serves 3-4 on its own or 6-8 as a part of a spread..

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