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Vegetarian Ma Po Tofu


Difficulty:Easy
Prep Time: Minutes
Cook Time: Minutes
Serves:2 Servings

Nutritional Information

Mabo Tofu is a spicy favorite from China. It has cubes of tofu surrounded by a rich soy sauce based gravy spiced with garlic, green onion, and other spices.

Ingredients

  • 6 Dried Chinese Black Mushrooms
  • 2 3x2x1-inch Pieces Tofu (cut into 1/2-inch cubes)
  • 8 cups Water
  • 1 tbsp Canned Preserved Vegetable (Szechwan, minced, rinsed)
  • 5 tbsp Cold Water
  • 2 tbsp Seasoned Vegetable Broth
  • 4 tsp Chili Oil
  • 1 tbsp Brown Bean Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Oriental Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Ground White Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup Finely Chopped Green Onions
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Garlic (minced)
  • 2 tsp Ginger (finely choped)
  • 3/4 cup Peas
  • 1/4 tsp Szechwan Peppercorn Powder

Directions

  • 1. Cover mushrooms with hot water and let stand 1 hour. Drain; cut off stems. Rinse caps well; squeeze dry. Cut into 1/8-inch dice. Set aside.
  • 2. Place tofu in large sieve. Bring 8 cups water to boil. Pour into metal bowl just larger than sieve. Place sieve gently in water. Let tofu soak 30 minutes.
  • 3. Drain tofu. Mix mushrooms and preserved vegetable in medium bowl. Mix 5 tablespoons water and next 8 ingredients in small bowl.
  • 4. Heat vegetable oil in wok or heavy large skillet over high heat 1 minute. Add green onions, garlic and ginger and stir-fry 1 minute. Add mushroom mixture and stir-fry 1 minute.
  • 5. Stir broth mixture. Add to wok with peas and stir-fry until sauce boils, about 1 minute. Add tofu and toss gently to coat with sauce. Cook 2 1/2 minutes, tossing gently. Divide between plates. Sprinkle Szechwan powder over (recipe follows).
  • 6. SZECHWAN PEPPERCORN POWDER: (Makes about 4 teaspoons) Heat heavy frying pan or wok over medium-low heat 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon whole Szechwan peppercorns and stir until aromatic, about 4 minutes. Transfer to blender. Cool 10 minutes. Blend to a fine powder. Store at room temperature.

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