Chinese Mabo Tofu

This was a dish I’d never heard of, that I ran across while looking for something to do with ground pork. I’m generally sort of hesitant about tofu things (it’s so…squishy!), but I quite liked the flavor of this sauce, and enjoyed the dish! It’s spicy, salty, and pretty delicious, and was something I could get cooked after work but before dying of hunger.

IMG_4941Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 16 ounce package firm tofu, cut into 1 inch pieces (my supermarket only had a single 14 ounce package left – that was their entire stock of tofu!)
  • 2 tablespoons hot bean sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 3 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

The bean sauce I got at a small Asian market that is inexplicably in this tiny Wyoming town. I’m pretty excited – the first time I went in there I asked about the Korean rice cakes used in this soup, and they should have gotten some by the time I go back this weekend!

First, mix the cornstarch and water together in a small dish until no chunks remain, then set aside.

IMG_4935Brown the ground pork in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.

IMG_4936Transfer the cooked pork to a bowl and set aside. Leave up to a tablespoon of the grease from the pork in the pan, discarding excess, and return the pan to the heat. Cook the garlic and ginger until fragrant, about 1 minute, then stir in the tofu and cook a further two minutes.

IMG_4937Stir in the soy sauce, hot bean sauce, and sugar.

IMG_4938Add the pork and green onion.

IMG_4939Drizzle the cornstarch mixture over the pork mixture and stir to combine.

IMG_4940Cook until thickened, approximately another two minutes, then stir the sesame oil into the mixture, and serve.

IMG_4945As is, I would say this is a bit more than 2 dinner’s worth. If you serve it with some noodles or rice, I’d think you could feed four, with very little work! If pork is not your thing, multiple comments on the original recipe mention replacing it with asparagus. That’s a weird substitution, but seems to work for others!

IMG_4947

Chinese Mabo Tofu

A tiny bit adapted from AllRecipes.

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 16 ounce package firm tofu, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons hot bean sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 3 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

First, mix the cornstarch and water together in a small dish until no chunks remain, then set aside.

Brown the ground pork in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Transfer the cooked pork to a bowl and set aside. Leave up to a tablespoon of the grease from the pork in the pan, discarding excess, and return the pan to the heat. Cook the garlic and ginger until fragrant, about 1 minute, then stir in the tofu and cook a further two minutes. Stir in the soy sauce, hot bean sauce, and sugar, followed by the pork and green onion.

Drizzle the cornstarch mixture over the pork mixture and stir to combine. Cook until thickened, approximately another two minutes, then stir the sesame oil into the mixture, and serve.

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My name's Corinne, and I like cake, cookies, and chocolate! Also, non-c-things such as ponies, Star Trek, and biking. I write a food blog and a blog about life, wide open spaces, and museum work. Nice to meet you!
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