Mapo Tofu

Based on 1 rating













A popular Chinese dish from the Sichuan province, it consists of tofu cooked in a spicy sauce and paired with minced meat.

Let's start cooking!

Mix chicken stock, cornstarch and water in a metal bowl

Step 1 - Prepare stock

  • In a small bowl, add chicken stock,2 Tbsp cornstarch, 2 Tbsp water, 1 Tbsp soy sauce and 1 Tbsp sugar to a small bowl. Stir to combine. Set aside.
Fry spicy sauce in a frying pan

Step 2- Fry spicy sauce

  • In a pan on medium heat, add 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, ½ Tbsp sesame oil, garlic, ginger and spring onions and fry until fragrant.
  • Add 1 tsp fermented black beans, 3 Tbsp Sichuan spicy bean paste and 1 Tbsp Sichuan peppercorns and continue frying for 1 minute.
Add tofu to a pan with minced pork and spicy sauce

Step 3- Cook pork and tofu

  • Add minced pork to the pan. Use a spatula to break up any large clumps of meat when cooking.

    For the tofu, look for packets labeled “Silken Tofu for frying”. This ensures that your tofu won’t fall apart as much when frying.
  • Once the pork is fully cooked, add stock over the contents of the wok and bring to a boil to thicken the sauce, stirring thoroughly.

  • Add silken tofu and toss contents of the wok.

  • Be gentle with the spatula so as to not break the tofu further. Season with salt and sugar, then remove from heat.

    Thought to have been invented by an old lady with lots of freckles on her face, the dish was named for her, ie 麻(má):freckle and 婆(pó): old lady

Garnish and Serve!

Tofu in spicy sauce with minced meat in a bowl

Garnish with spring onions and serve hot with rice.

Enjoyed our recipe?

Tap on the number of stars