Thursday, March 31, 2011

MoPo ToFu with Szechuan Peppercorn

Mapo Tofu is a typical Chinese dish from Sichuan..Not mistaken this hearty tofu dish is not only popular in Chinese speaking community in United States but also in Chinese-American restaurant or take out restaurant too..There are many different type of Mapo Tofu recipe out there..Some people use the authentic ingredients to make this dish but for me I used szechuan peppercorn ,ground fermented bean paste and chili in garlic sauce from Lee Kam Kee as the base sauce for this dish.I dunno whether the ingredients I used authentic but this dish taste good!! All I need is minced meat (pork or beef or chicken) and bean curd (tofu)!! Viola!! What a great spicy soft tofu with steamed white rice for dinner!!

Ingredients: 1 block soft or silken tofu,cut cube or small 1 tbsp minced garlic 2 tbsp oil 300 gm minced meat 1 tbsp szechuan peppercorn 2 tbsp ground fermented bean paste 2 tbsp chili in garlic sauce (LKK brand)*add more if you like extra spicy* 1-2 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp ground chicken bouillon powder salt to taste 1 cup water 3 tbsp corn starch +3 tbsp cold water=dissolve(to thicken the sauce) 1 stalk scallion,cut small szechuan peppercorn Method: 1:Heat deep medium large skillet with oil ,szechuan pepper and garlic at medium heat.Fry garlic for 30 seconds,add in ground fermented and chili in garlic sauce.Fry for another 1 minute before add in minced meat and water. 2:Keep stirring for 5-10 minutes before add in chicken bouillon powder,salt and sugar.Slowly pour in corn flour dissolved to thicken the sauce,use spatula to mix the starch well.Check the seasoning before add in cube tofu. 3:Slowly move cube tofu with spatula in the sauce for 1 minutes before remove from heat.Try not to break the cut tofu into mushy form.Sprinkle with cut scallion before dish out and serve warm with steamed white rice.


MaryMoh said... of my favourite Chinese dishes! Yours looks very delicious. I need a big bowl of rice :D

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

wow...looks divine..kudos to you..:)
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Cuisine Paradise said...

This look sooo delicious.....

ICook4Fun said...

A friend of mine just gave me a packet of szechuan peppercorn. I like using it to cook chicken. I too like this dish but will only cook this when Diana is home. Can't eat this by myself :)

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) said...

This looks really good but I know for a fact that I won't be able to find the bean paste, chili in garlic sauce or peppers. :o( The grocery stores out here are very limited in what they carry. Is there anything that I could substitute those with and still come out with a dish that looks as tasty as yours?

mycookinghut said...

I love Mapo tofu! It's so simple yet delicious!

My Asian Kitchen said...

Thank you!! Oh yes!! this dish must eat wt lots of white rice,rite??

Thank you for dropping by and your kind words☺ sure will drop by ASAP!!

Cuisine Paradise:
Thank you for dropping by ☺

This is my 1st time getting szechuan peppercorn..when we was at NYC the last time I saw this peppercorn at HK supermarket and grab a my suprised szechuan peppercorn spiceness turn out taste very different from regular peppercorn!! must try to cook wt chicken or seafood next time!

Thank you..Can you get Lee Kum Kee brand of sauce at your supermarket? Here regular supermarket like Pathmart or Walgreen still carry those brand if you can't get those brand any brand will be OK...How about hoisin sauce and sambal olek?Mix with some hoisin sauce,soy sauce or miso paste? try this sauce and see? the nearest is miso paste...Hope it's some out great and tasty!!

thank you ☺

pigpigscorner said...

I always just use instant chili paste =P never thought of adding peppercorn in this! Have to try this next time.

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