Ma Po Tofu

Ma Po Tofu

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Ingredients

  • 454g Smooth Medium Firm Tofu, drained and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1½ to 2 tbsp cooking oil

  • 1/2 lb ground pork

  • 1 tbsp finely minced garlic

  • 1 tbsp finely minced peeled fresh ginger

  • 1 tsp Sesame oil

  • ½ tsp Sichuan-peppercorn powder

  • 3 tbsp thinly sliced scallion

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

  • 2 tbsp hot bean paste

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

  • Salt to taste

Cornstarch Mixture

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

  • 2 tbsp water

Instructions

1.Make sauce:

  • In a bowl, stir together broth, bean paste, soy sauce, and kosher salt. Set aside.

2. Poach tofu:

  • Slide tofu into a saucepan of simmering water and keep at a bare simmer while stir-frying rest of dish.

3. Stir-fry pork:

  • Heat a wok or large heavy skillet over high heat until hot and add 1½ tbsp cooking oil, swirling to coat. Add garlic and fry until lightly golden. Then add pork and stir-fry, breaking up lumps and add ½ tbsp more oil if meat sticks. Cook meat until no longer pink. Add ginger and stir-fry over moderate heat until very fragrant, about 2 minutes.

4. Finish stir-fry:

  • Add sauce to the pork and bring to a simmer.

  • Drain tofu in a large sieve and slide into wok, stirring gently.

  • Stir cornstarch mixture and add to stir-fry. Bring to a boil, stirring gently, and cook until thickened and glossy, about 30 seconds.

  • Turn off heat and sprinkle with sesame oil, Sichuan-peppercorn powder to taste, and 2 tbsp scallions. Stir once or twice, then serve sprinkled with remaining tablespoon scallion.

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