Mapo Tofu-Revisited

11 Aug

Mapo tofu is still one of our favorite meals here – it’s one of my go to dishes when I’m low on time, because it doesn’t require a huge prep time. I’ve improved on my original recipe a lot, specifically by adding the broad bean paste and szechuan pepper. The szechuan pepper adds an almost – citrus flavor that’s perfect for this spicy dish.

Mapo Tofu-Revisited

• 1 19 ounce block soft tofu, drained
• 8 ounces white mushrooms, chopped fine
• 4 ounces beef seitan, chopped fine or veggie crumbles (optional)
• 1/4 cup neutral oil, like canola
• 1/4 cup fermented black beans
• 1 tsp freshly ground szechuan pepper
• 1/4 cup spicy broad bean paste (pictured here)
• 1 cup cool vegetable broth
• 2 tbsp cornstarch
• 2 tbsp brown sugar
• 2 tbsp soy sauce
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 tbsp sesame oil

1. Drain your tofu, chop the seitan and mushrooms, and combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl.

2. Heat oil in a large wok over high heat and add mushrooms, seitan, and black beans. Cook

3. Pour in sauce and stir until it thickens, about 3 minutes. Add tofu and gently toss to combine. Continue to heat a few more minutes, then sprinkle with szechuan pepper.

4. Serve with plenty of rice.Mapo Tofu-Revisited


6 Responses to “Mapo Tofu-Revisited”

  1. elle August 11, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    Aw, this just reminded me that I haven’t had mapo tofu in a little while now. I should totally make some soon. It’s the best 😀

    • avocadosandales August 11, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

      I love it – we often get it from a restaurant called “MaPo” when we visit my husband’s family, but it’s so much better homemade, because I know for sure that there’s no chance of cross contamination!

      • elle August 11, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

        Haha very true! On times when I have eaten out, I can’t say that I haven’t found the occasional stray piece of ground beef that somehow made it into my stir fry veggies or tofu. 😛

  2. Rebecca November 24, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    Is that a 1/4 CUP of spicy broad bean paste? The unit is not specified.

    • avocadosandales November 24, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

      Yep yep, you guessed right! Thanks for catching that, I’ll get it fixed!


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