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Ma-Po Tofu - Tofu with Minced Pork

by , featured in Makan: Recipes From the Heart of Singapore
Published by Bloomsbury
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This is my mum’s version of the Sichuanese dish Mapo Doufu. It’s perfectly inauthentic, and a fusion of different ingredients, ideas and styles coming together. I leave out the chilli, pepper and Gochujang paste when I cook this for Riley, then add it in after I’ve scooped out a portion for him to enjoy.

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Photo by Kris Kirkham


Serves: 6

  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped spring onion (white part)
  • 1 teaspoon peeled and chopped root ginger
  • 2 teaspoons crushed fermented black beans or black bean sauce
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang paste (hot chilli paste) or hot bean paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 2 teaspoons ground Sichuan pepper
  • 450 grams minced pork
  • 1 tablespoon chinese rice wine (shaoxing or sake)
  • 240 millilitres water
  • ½ teaspoon caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 500 grams soft tofu (or firm tofu if you want more texture), cut into 2.5 chunks
  • 2 tablespoons julienned spring onions (green part)

For the slurry

  • 1½ teaspoons cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon water


Ma-Po Tofu - Tofu with Minced Pork is a guest recipe by Elizabeth Haigh so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe

  1. Heat the oil in a wok, then stir-fry the garlic, spring onion, ginger and crushed fermented black beans for about 3 minutes or until fragrant. Add the hot bean paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic. Mix in the chilli flakes and Sichuan pepper.
  2. Add the minced pork. Continue to stir to cook the pork, breaking it up with a spoon. When the meat changes colour, add the rice wine, water, caster sugar, salt and soy sauce to season, followed by the tofu. Simmer for 3 minutes over a low heat.
  3. Mix together the cornflour and water until smooth, then slowly pour into the wok, stirring but being careful not to break up the tofu too much. Once mixed well and slightly thickened, garnish with the julienned spring onion and serve.

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