Many of you loved the easy mapo tofu recipe I first posted in March 2008. Since then, I've taught the dish many times in cooking classes, which allowed me to revise it here and streamlined the process. After all these years, it's still a crowd-pleaser. Make it for one of those nights when you want a quick main dish that's packed with flavor! And if you're looking for a similar dish with noodles, try my Mapo Tofu Ramen.
(P.S. The original post is still here for posterity's sake, but I no longer live in China.)
If I had to make a list of my top favorite comfort foods of all time, mapo tofu would be among the top 10. I almost always order it at Sichuan restaurants, despite that voice in my head pushing me to try something new. But the craving is too hard to resist. Thinking about the spicy thick sauce that wraps sublimely around white rice, and the soft tofu contrasting with the slightly crispy pork, makes me surrender to the tried-and-true.Read More