fryday: mapo tofu

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Easy Mapo Tofu

Like Tomato-Fried Egg and a hug from mom, I can always count on a big, fresh plate of Mapo Tofu to be there waiting for me whenever I go home to Colorado. If you’ve never had Mapo Tofu, it’s what can be best described as a spicy chili-and-bean-sauce tofu dish originally from China’s Sichuan province. It’s the best, easy too.

So instead of ordering it off the menu at your local Chinese joint, try cooking some yourself. Because with the convenient help of Mapo Tofu sauce from a jar, you can make a traditional Chinese dish in the time it takes to brown taco meat. Child’s play. 

This is Fryday stir-fry style. 

Mapo Tofu Ingredients

You’ll need only a few things: firm tofu, Mapo Tofu sauce in a jar (or in pouches like these), some minced or ground pork, 2 green onions (not pictured, because I’m forgetful), and oil for stir-frying. 

Mapo Tofu - Step by Step

First, heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over high heat. Once it’s sizzling, throw in pork and stir until the meat is no longer pink. 

Next, add in 2 tablespoons of the Mapo Tofu sauce, and stir until combined with the pork. 

Now for the most important part, drop in the tofu, and stir everything around some more, making sure the meat cooks and the sauce is evenly distributed. It should take no more than a few minutes.

When you can tell the dish is nearing the end of its cooking time, throw in some chopped green onion and give it one last good stir. 

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Now we plate! Transfer Mapo Tofu to a serving dish, and if you have any more green onion handy, chop some up and place it on top as a garnish. Serve with rice. 

Done. Notice how I didn’t even mention salt or pepper? When I say easy, I mean it. 

As always, TGIFryday. Have a great weekend!

mapo tofu
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons oil
  2. ¼ to ⅓ pound pork, ground or minced
  3. 2 tablespoons mapo tofu sauce
  4. 14 ounces of firm tofu, cubed
  5. 2 green onions chopped
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over high heat.
  2. Once oil is sizzling, throw in pork and stir until the meat is no longer pink.
  3. Add Mapo Tofu sauce, and stir until combined.
  4. Drop in the tofu, and stir everything around some more, making sure the meat cooks and the sauce is evenly distributed. It should take no more than a few minutes.
  5. When you can tell the dish is nearing the end of its cooking time, throw in some chopped green onion and give it one last good stir.
  6. Remove from heat and transfer to a dish.
  7. Garnish with parsley or chopped green onion.
Notes
  1. Best enjoyed with rice.
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