Tofu with Spicy Meat Sauce

A family favorite! Otherwise known as “Mapo Tofu” . When living in NYC , I could always call any Chinese delivery restaurant and ask for it even when it wasn’t on the menu. It made me feel the comforts of home. Extra delicious when served over a bowl of steamed rice.

1 package firm tofu (14 oz. or 16 oz.)
½ pound fresh lean ground pork (8 oz.)
2 scallions, including the green top
4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
1 teaspoon dried crushed red chili peppers

2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 tablespoon rice wine or cooking sherry wine
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce*
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons pure sesame oil
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Rinse the tofu block with cold water. Cut into ½ inch cubes. Wash and trim the green onions, finely chop. Crush, peel and finely chop garlic. In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients together thoroughly and set aside.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or a frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, brown onions, garlic and chili peppers for a few seconds. Add the ground pork. Stir-fry for approximately 2 minutes. Add tofu cubes to wok. Stir-fry for another 2 minutes. Stir the sauce, add to tofu and ground pork mixture. Stir-fry for another minute. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

*Hoisin sauce is a sweet brown sauce made from soybeans.  Sold in jars or bottles at the Asian section of most supermarkets.  After opening, it can be stored for several months in the refrigerator.

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2 Responses to “Tofu with Spicy Meat Sauce”

  1. Erin Says:

    Hi everyone! I made the tofu with spicy meat sauce last night! I am no expert in the kitchen so simplicity is key. This recipe is just that!! It’s simple, didn’t take very long, and delicious :o) I usually only cook for 1 so being able to save and reheat is important. I am eating the leftovers as I am writing this and they are just as delicious as last night. Thanks, Lucy, for giving me easy, yummy recipe’s to enjoy alone or with my friends and family!!

    ~ ej

  2. daniela Says:

    Dear Lucy,
    this is the recipe that I tried out. Everyone loved it, they were crazy about it!!! I wanted to add a vegetable and added broccoli.
    Thanks to Erin’s reply, it made me go look it up. 🙂
    Oh, this site is sooo great! Thanks a million, Lucy!!

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