Tuesday, July 19, 2011

【麻婆豆腐】Ma-Po Tofu



I love a bowl of Mapo Tofu over hot, steamy rice, a good plate of Ma-po tofu is usually very spicy (as in Chili heat) and has a strong characteristic of "Mala", the numbing sensation came from Sichuan Pepper (花椒) used in preparing this dish.

The combination of these two spices are so addicting that I always have a box of Sichuan Style minced meat ready in the fridge, so that I could always cook this dish in under 20 minutes!


1 盒嫩豆腐

1/2  麻辣肉臊

1 大勺 葱花

1 大勺 蒜蓉

1 大勺 辣豆瓣酱

1/2 小勺 花椒粉

1 小勺 芡粉

1/2 高汤/

/酱油 适量


1 box of silken tofu
1/2 cup of Sichuan Style Minced Meat
1 tbsp Chopped Spring onion (For Garnish)
1 tbsp Minced garlic
1 tbsp Spicy fermented Soy bean paste (辣豆瓣醬)
1/2 tsp Sichuan Pepper Powder
1 tsp Corn Starch
1/2 cup Chicken stock/water
Salt to taste

注:如没有事前准备好的麻辣肉臊,可以用半杯的肉末,加1 tsp的姜蒜炒散,然后加入2 tbsp 辣豆瓣酱炒香代替。

1. 把蒜蓉剁碎,在一口锅里,加入2大匙油,炒香蒜蓉,也可以加一茶匙葱花一起炒,更香。把麻辣肉臊倒入,加入1 大勺辣豆瓣酱煸炒香。

2. 加入高汤/水煮滚。嫩豆腐切块,小心地把豆腐移入煮滚的汤汁里,中火偏小火煮5-10分钟。间中不要搅拌过度,轻轻地用铲子推动豆腐几次就好了。这样才可以保持豆腐块完整。

3. 加盐/或者酱油调味,继续煮至汤汁浓度适中。

4. 最后切好葱花,把芡粉和一半的花椒粉加入3-4大匙的水兑好,倒入锅里勾芡。

5. 最后撒上葱花和另外一半的花椒粉,就可以开饭啦!

Note : you could also use 1/2 cup of minced meat (Any type turkey, chicken, pork or beef ), add 1 tbsp of minced garlic and ginger, stir fry with 2-3 tbsp of oil, with 2 tbsp of spicy fermented Soy bean as alternative to Sichuan Style Minced Meat.

1. First minced the garlic, add 2 tbsp of cooking oil in a heavy bottom pot, stir fry minced garlic until fragrant. I also add 1 tsp of chopped spring onion here, it gives a nice smell to the dish.

2.  Add 1/2 cup of Sichuan Style Minced Meat , stir well add 1 1/2 tbsp Sichuan spicy fermented soy bean paste. Cook until the oil separated at the edge of minced meat. Add chicken stock/water, bring to boil.

3. Carefully cut the silken tofu into cubes, and carefully transfer the tofu into the pot. Turn heat to medium low, simmer for 5-10 minutes.

4. DO NOT over stir the tofu, just use a spatula to slowly push the tofu a few times to prevent sticking to the bottom. This helps to maintain the shapes of tofu.

5. Add salt or soy sauce to taste, continue cooking until water reduced to desired thickness.

6. In a small bowl, add corn starch and half of Sichuan pepper powder, make a watery paste by adding 3-4 tbsp of water, pour the mixture into the pot, stir quickly and switch off the stove immediately, this will thicken gravy instantly.

Garnish with chopped spring onion and remaining Sichuan pepper powder.

中文-- 麻婆豆腐

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