Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mapo doufu

AKA ma po to fu, ma po tofu, mapo tofu, or whatever else I might be text-searching for.

1 lb tofu
4 green onions or baby leeks, green parts, sliced at an angle into "horse ears"
4 tbsp oil
2 1/2 tbsp sichuan chili bean paste (douban jiang)
1 tbsp fermented black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tsp ground red chilies
1 tbsp chopped ginger
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 cup stock or water
1/4 tsp white pepper
2 tsp potato flour + 2 tbsp cold water
ground roasted sichuan pepper

Cut tofu into 3/4 inch cubes and steep in hot, lightly salted water (not boiling).
Heat wok on high, add oil, reduce to medium, add chili bean paste and fry until it's red. Add black beans and chilies, then ginger and garlic. Don't overheat seasonings.

Remove tofu from water, put it in the wok. Mix it around gently so you don't break the cubes. Add stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer. Add green onions/leeks, and then the thickening flour+water mix as much as needed.

Top with sichuan pepper and serve.

Source: Every Grain of Rice by Fuchsia Dunlop

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