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Homeway Ma Po Tofu



Friday nights are for home-cooked meals 🥰 Who else loves Ma Po tofu? Ma Po tofu (麻婆豆腐, ma po dou fu) is one of the most popular classic Sichuan dishes. It has a spicy, pungent, and appetizing flavor that goes perfectly with steamed rice.


Ingredients

  • 450 g soft tofu

  • 100 g minced meat-beef or pork

  • 1/2 tbsp. sesame oil

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 3 tbsp. cooking oil, divided

  • 2 tbsp. Homeway Sauce

  • 500ml water or broth for braising

  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce

  • 1 tsp. sugar,optional

  • 2 tbsp. greens or scallion greens ,finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp. chopped garlic cloves

  • 1tbsp. ginger slices

  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoon water

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Pairing

  • steamed rice for serving

  • freshly boilded noodles



Instructions

  1. Cut tofu into square cubes (around 2cms). Bring a large amount of water to a boil and then add a pinch of salt. Slide the tofu in and cook for 1 minute. Move out and drain.

  2. Get a wok and heat up around 2 tablespoons of oil, fry the minced meat until crispy. Transfer out beef and leave the oil in. Add another 1 tablespoon of oil.

  3. Add another 1 tablespoon of vegetable cooking oil and fry Homeway Sauce for 1 minute over slow fire and add garlic, ginger cook for 30 seconds.

  4. Then pour in water or stock. Add light soy sauce, sugar and half of the cooked beef (providing more flavors to the soup) after the broth boils and let it continue simmering for 3 minutes.

  5. Add the tofu in, simmer for another 7 minutes. The longer time of simmering helps the tofu to absorb the flavors.

  6. During the process of simmering, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2.5 tablespoons of water in a small bowl to make water starch. Stir the water starch and then pour half of the mixture to the simmering pot. Back push and wait for around 30 seconds and then pour the other half. You can slightly taste the tofu and add pinch of salt if not salty enough.

  7. Add cooked beef to creates some crispy texture and then drizzle sesame oil. Mix well.

  8. Transfer out when almost all the seasonings stick to tofu cubes. Sprinkle Szechuan peppercorn powder (to taste)and chopped garlic greens if using.

  9. Serve immediately with steamed rice or fresh cooked noodles.


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