Cookbook:Mapo Doufu

Mapo Doufu
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Category Chinese recipes
Servings 2
Time 30 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. 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 variationsEdit

  • Some extra chili pepper can be substituted for Szechuan pepper, but the taste and feeling will be different. Szechuan pepper has a numbing sensation, not heat.
  • 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)