About a year ago, I shared my Dan Dan Noodle Recipe with you, and got such a great response! I love being able to make a popular restaurant dish in the comfort of my home. This dish, Mapo Tofu, similarly was always a dish I would eat in restaurants. In fact, when I was in college and studied abroad to Beijing for 6 months, “Mapo Do-fu” was the only thing I knew how to order at a restaurant, so subsequently that is all I ate for my first week that I was there. Good thing I love it!
In the spirit of Lunar New Year (it’s February 1 this year!) I’m introducing another family favorite: Mapo Tofu. Its silky tofu consistency, mixed with a spicy and flavorful sauce, is such a great dish to add to your table of Lunar New Year dishes.
Mapo tofu is a great vegetarian-friendly dish that you can pair with rice or eat as is. It’s also one that acts like a cozy, fuzzy blanket- have some of this, and you’ll warm right up! This spicy dish is essentially tofu (firm or silken, you choose) simmered in a bath of chili, soy sauce, and Sichuan peppercorn oil. Some restaurants add ground beef or pork, so you have the option to add meat as well. You can find most of these ingredients at your local Asian supermarket, and the great thing is that you can use these ingredients in other Asian and non-Asian dishes alike.
This dish is dangerously addictive. There’s your warning!
Note: if you want to add ground meat, add it in Step 2 with the chili paste and garlic.
TY for sharing this recipe! One of our fave dishes & now we can try to make it at home. Really apppreciate the vegan versions! Happy New Year! Wishing you lots of luck, good health, & happiness!
How much ground beef do you add? Do you cook the ground beef separately and drain the grease and then add to the pot?
Happy New Year! Thanks for this recipe – closest I’ve come to replicating my restaurant favorite…I used finely diced mushrooms instead of meat, and it was delicious!