Mapo Tofu

Love and Olive Oil

Ready in: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Dairy Free

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chicken stock
    Canned and Jarred
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili bean paste
    Ethnic Foods
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 6 tablespoons cold water
    Baking
  • 1 tablespoon fermented black beans
    Ethnic Foods
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    Produce
  • 2 teaspoons ground Sichuan pepper
    Spices and Seasonings
  • 6 ounces ground pork
    Meat
  • 2 leeks, thinly sliced at an angle (or a handful of scallions can be substituted)
    Produce
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
    Ethnic Foods;Condiments
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
    Oil, Vinegar, Salad Dressing
  • Salt to taste
    Spices and Seasonings
  • 1 block soft tofu (about 1 pound), drained and cut into 1-inch cubes
    Refrigerated;Produce;Ethnic Foods
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
    Baking

Steps

  • Heat peanut oil in a wok over high heat.
  • Add pork and stir-fry until crispy and starting to brown but not yet dry. Reduce heat to medium, add garlic and leeks and stir-fry until fragrant.
  • Add chili bean paste, black beans, and ground Sichuan pepper, and stir-fry for about 1 minute, until the oil is a rich red color.
  • Pour in the stock and stir well.
  • Mix in the drained tofu gently by pushing the back of your ladle or wok scoop gently from the edges to the center of the wok or pan; don't stir or the tofu may break up. Season with the sugar, soy sauce, and salt to taste. Simmer for about 5 minutes, allowing the tofu has absorb the flavors of the sauce. Then add the cornstarch mixture in 2 or 3 stages, mixing well, until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. (Don't add more than you need).
  • Serve while still hot in a deep plate or wide bowl.
  • Garnish with optional scallions or crushed Sichuan peppercorn.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 412.32  cal  (20.62%)
  • Fat: 25.83  g  (39.74%)
  • Saturated Fat: 5.97  g  (37.31%)
  • Carbohydrates: 25.0  g  (8.33%)
  • Sugar: 6.11  g  (6.79%)
  • Cholesterol: 32.42  mg  (10.81%)
  • Sodium: 638.11  mg  (27.74%)
  • Protein: 21.29  g  (42.57%)
  • Vitamin B1: 0.37  mg  (24.92%)
  • Vitamin K: 22.89  µg  (21.8%)
  • Manganese: 0.39  mg  (19.53%)
  • Calcium: 186.55  mg  (18.66%)
  • Selenium: 12.86  µg  (18.37%)
  • Iron: 3.15  mg  (17.52%)
  • Vitamin B6: 0.35  mg  (17.33%)
  • Vitamin B3: 3.27  mg  (16.37%)
  • Vitamin A: 772.1  IU  (15.44%)
  • Vitamin E: 2.11  mg  (14.08%)
  • Phosphorus: 120.21  mg  (12.02%)
  • Vitamin B2: 0.18  mg  (10.57%)
  • Fiber: 2.49  g  (9.95%)
  • Vitamin C: 7.83  mg  (9.49%)
  • Potassium: 328.13  mg  (9.38%)
  • Folate: 35.36  µg  (8.84%)
  • Zinc: 1.14  mg  (7.58%)
  • Copper: 0.14  mg  (7.2%)
  • Magnesium: 27.67  mg  (6.92%)
  • Vitamin B12: 0.3  µg  (4.96%)
  • Vitamin B5: 0.38  mg  (3.81%)

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