Cookbook:Mapo Tofu

From Wikibooks, open books for an open world
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Mapo Tofu
CategoryChinese recipes
Time30 minutes

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | Cuisine of China

Mápó dòufu (麻婆豆腐) is a classic spicy tofu and meat dish from Szechuan province in China. It is a very flavourful, easy to prepare, and spicy dish.


  • 1 onion, sliced
  • small piece of ginger, minced (about 2 tsp)
  • 1-2 tsp crushed dried chili pepper


  1. If adding dried mushrooms, soak these in hot water for 10 minutes while preparing the rest of the ingredients, then slice before adding later.
  2. Sauté onion with ginger and crushed chili.
  3. Add minced meat and garlic, and fry until brown.
  4. Mix in other ingredients (including sliced mushrooms), lower heat, and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Serve over steamed jasmine rice.

Notes, tips and variations

  • Some extra chili pepper can be substituted for Szechuan pepper, but the taste and feeling will be different. Szechuan pepper has a numbing flavour, not a hot flavour.
  • A little ground coriander and cumin is very nice in this dish, especially if you cannot find Szechuan pepper easily.
  • A red bell pepper, a tomato, and fresh coriander leaves are all welcome additions, though not traditional.
  • The meal is just as good with whole beans instead of tofu.
  • A vegetarian version of this meal can be made by substituting the meat with ground tofu (e.g. Shiok Food's Vegetarian Ma Po Tofu)