Mapo Tofu
Vegetarian Cooking

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Traditional Mapo tofu recipe has ground pork or beef. This is vegetarian version. It can be made in minutes and made a little lighter.

Mapo tofu, vegetarian version

MoPo Tofu (Sichuan Spicy Beancurb), vegetarian version

Preparation and cooking time: 15mins


1/2 box tofu, soft or medium firmed

1 tsp Sichuan pepper corn(option)

3 Sichuan chilli pepper (option)

1 tbsp cooking oil


1 tbsp Pixian chilli bean paste

1 tbsp green onion, chopped

1 tbsp garlic, chopped

1 tsp ginger, chopped


1 tbsp cornstarch

2 tbsp water



1. Cut tofu into about 1cm thick flakes.

2. Heat oil in a wok, add Sichuan chilli pepper and pepper corn, sway the wok in low heat.

   Add Seasoning. Stir fry till fragrance comes out.

3. Slip in tofu flakes, sway the wok to let the tofu spread evenly.

   Simmer for 5mins. Add a little stock or water if dry.

4. Mix cornstarch and water well.

   Add half in a wok in medium heat. Sway the wok.

   When it's coated well, add the rest cornstarch. Sway the wok.

5. Turn off heat, serve.


1. Pixian paste is very salty. One tbsp is salty enough for the dish.

2. If you cook more tofu you can add some soy sauce in the Thickening.

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