If you decide to buy this book after reading our content, please consider clicking through our affiliate link, located within the post and in the footnote at the end. I really need to look more into their cuisine as it always looks so appealing and fresh. Glad to know that the recipe is working, and you enjoy the soup. I learned this dish years ago, Japanese style, but I prefer this recipe. Add garlic and ginger and stir fry for 10 seconds. Add mince and stir fry until the outside is brown, breaking up clumps. It is quite a dining experience if you haven’t tried it. In the era of the late Qing dynasty, most of her customers were laborers of low income and preferred to bring their tofu and ask Mrs. Chen to cook for them. Place all the sauce ingredients in a bowl, mix well and set aside. You can purchase the ready-made chili oil. Add the chicken stock, chili bean paste, chili oil, five-spice powder, sugar. I discovered them with your laksa recipe and now LOVEEE them! I rarely cook or eat Japanese food but these recipes sound so tasty! Add the minced ginger, chopped garlic, and the marinated meat. Your email address will not be published. The original mapo tofu recipe contains minced beef. Cook the tofu with the meat sauce over low heat for about five minutes. Some of them are labeled as pressed tofu in English or carry the Chinese character 砖块豆腐. Add scallions/shallots and stir fry for 30 seconds. How do you think tofu puffs would go for this dish? In a bowl, combine cornflour with a splash of water, mix to combine, then add remaining Sauce ingredients and mix well. The owner, Mrs. Chen of the restaurant, has pockmarks on her face. Doubanjiang 豆瓣酱 is also known as fermented broad bean paste, Toban Djan, and chili bean paste. Heat the peppercorns in a pan over low heat. So much about the ingredients and the technique. Start by making the sauce. I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post. Please read my disclosure for more info. Hi, I tried out this recipe today and it was fantastic! Japanese-Style Mabo Dofu (Tofu with Spicy Miso Pork Sauce) Japanese-style Mapo Dofu is gentler, sweeter and less spicy than the Sichuanese original. Required fields are marked *, Making your purchases via my affiliate links will earn me a commission but cost you no extra in your purchase. Stir gently so that the spices are mixed with the hot oil thoroughly. You may want to use more doubanjiang by omitting salt should you like a richer flavor. However, there are minced pork and a vegetarian version as well. The peppercorns will become dry and turn fragrant after a minute. You can buy the ground Szechuan peppercorn or choose to roast the whole Szechuan peppercorns and powderize it yourself. Great tip about cooking the tofu first too, there’s nothing worse than crumbly tofu! Mapo tofu is such a favorite dish due to its simplicity in preparation but offers the flavor of the complex interplay of spices and flavor. Preparation is simple, and offer a wide margin of tolerance and variation. If you are in doubt, ask the vendor for his recommendation. and is made from more readily available ingredients. Serve it with rice – and because it is so saucy, I often add vegetables to it to make it a complete meal, such as chopped Chinese greens (Chinese broccoli, bok choy, pak choy) or even grated carrots! We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Your email address will not be published. Your email address will not be published. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Soeos Authentic Szechuan Peppercorns (4 Ounces), Grade A Red Peppercorns, Sichuan Peppercorns, Chinese Peppercorns, Less Seeds, Szechuan Flavor Peppercorns, Szechuan Pepper for Mapo Tofu, Rice Cooking Wine (Red) - 750ml (Pack of 1) by Shaohsing, Kitchen Basics No Salt Chicken Stock, 8.25 oz (Pack of 12). It looks like Japanese do not like to eat more chills even they are using Tobanjan. this looks so great and the book sounds wonderful we love this type of food and it sure is delightful looking! Mince the meat finely. Kavey Eats received a review copy of The Japanese Larder by Luiz Hara. Even grated vegetables like carrots! The mouthfeel is different when you bite into it. Finally, add 1 teaspoon ground Sichuan peppercorn. Japanese-style mapo dofu is a 20-minute recipe, ideal for a mid-week meal, and is great comfort food too. Tofu - silken tofu will not work for this dish as it will literally fall apart as you stir it while cooking. It is highly flavoursome due to the addition of miso and tobanjan, and with the pork mince, it is akin to a rich ragout but with none of the hassle.