Tasty Mapo Doufu

    35 minutes

    A spicy tofu and minced pork dish from Szechuan Province of China, this mapo doufu is extra tasty with dried chillies and black bean garlic sauce.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon Szechuan peppercorns, or to taste
    • 1/4 cup peanut oil
    • 225g pork mince
    • 1/4 cup chilli sauce
    • 1 tablespoon Chinese black bean and garlic sauce
    • 1 tablespoon sliced dried Szechuan red chillies, or to taste
    • 1 cup chicken stock
    • 400g firm tofu, cut into 1cm cubes
    • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
    • 2 pinches white sugar, or to taste
    • 2 teaspoons cornflour
    • 1/4 cup chopped green onions

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Set oven rack about 15cm from the heat source and preheat the oven's grill.
    2. Spread Szechuan peppercorns over a baking tray.
    3. Bake peppercorns under the preheated grill until toasted, about 1 minute. Let cool; transfer to a mortar and pestle and crush into medium grinds.
    4. Heat a wok or saucepan over high heat. Add oil; cook pork mince until mostly browned and crumbly, about 1 minute. Move pork to 1 side of the pan with a spatula. Reduce heat to medium. Add chilli paste; cook and stir until oil turns red, about 30 seconds. Stir pork into oil.
    5. Mix black bean sauce and dried chillies into the pork mixture; cook until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Stir in chicken stock. Add tofu gently; shake pan back and forth until tofu is coated in sauce but not broken, about 2 minutes. Add soy sauce and sugar. Reduce heat to low; let simmer, about 5 minutes.
    6. Mix cornflour in a small bowl with 2 tablespoons cold water. Increase heat to medium. Add to the tofu mixture, 1 teaspoon at a time, until sauce is thick and clings to the tofu, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Mix in the green onions. Sprinkle toasted peppercorns on top.

    Cook's Note:

    Check the saltiness before adding the cornflour mixture. If it needs more salt, add it. If it's too salty, try adding a bit more sugar and maybe even some chilli.

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