Mapo Tofu

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  • 1/4 to 1/2 lb ground pork or beef (optional)
  • 2 tb oil
  • 3 tb (or cloves) garlic
  • 3 tb garlic black bean sauce
  • 10-16 oz firm tofu, cubed

Sauce mix:

  • 1 cup chicken (or vegetable) stock
  • 1 tb soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tb corn starch mixed in 2 tb cold water


  • 1 tb sesame oil
  • bunch of scallions
  • white Szechuan pepper
  • hot oil


  1. Fry the meat, drain and reserve.
  2. Fry the garlic in the oil until beginning to brown
  3. Add the black bean sauce and fry for a minute or so, mashing the beans.
  4. Return the meat and add the sauce mix.
  5. Add the tofu and bring to a boil.
  6. Add the corn starch, boil 3 minutes.
  7. Mix in the sesame oil and scallions.
  8. Season with white pepper and hot oil to taste.
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