Chinese mabo tofu

    30 min

    This recipe has been passed on for years. Hot bean sauce is a prepared Chinese sauce made from fermented lima beans. You can find it in oriental / Chinese markets.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 teaspoon cornflour
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 225g minced pork
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh root ginger
    • 1 (349g) pack firm tofu, cut into 2.5cm pieces
    • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons hot bean sauce
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
    • 3 spring onions, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Mix cornflour and water in a small bowl. Brown minced pork in a small frying pan over medium high heat, about 5 minutes. Drain fat.
    2. Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan. Cook the garlic and root ginger in the oil until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in tofu and cook for 2 minutes. Season with the soy sauce, hot bean sauce and sugar; stir to combine. Stir in the cooked pork and spring onion. Sprinkle with the cornflour and water mixture; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir the sesame oil into the thickened mabo tofu.

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    My daughters are vegetarian, so I left out the meat, and I was winging it at suppertime (late!), so I didn't have everything. In my version I used olive oil, no meat.. didn't know what hot bean sauce so I put in some white miso (1 tbsp) instead. My daughter--who doesn't like sesame seeds, and I did use the roasted sesame oil--thinks this dish is keeper. So do I  -  23 Oct 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe is delicious. I didn't have any hot bean sauce so I substituted a mixture of miso paste and chili garlic sauce. I also substituted onion chives for the green onion. I bet the original recipe is even better, but my modified version was still yummy.  -  03 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a very delicious recipe. It tastes like the restaurant style! Thanks!  -  22 Sep 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)