• Prep Time:
  • Cooking Time:
  • Serves: 6 Servings

Ma-Po Dou-Fu

  • Recipe Submitted by on

Category: Chinese, Pork

 Ingredients List

  • 3 c To 4 c cubed bean curd,
  • -about 1 1/2 japanese style,
  • -ot 3-4 smaller
  • Chinese cakes
  • 1/3 lb To 1/2 lb fatty pork
  • 3 ts To 5 ts finely chopped
  • -fresh ginger
  • 1/4 c Coarsely chopped green onion
  • 1 tb To 2 tb hot bean sauce
  • 1 c Pork of chicken stock or
  • -water (best with stock)


2 tb To 3 tb cornstarch mixed 4-6
-tb water
1 ts To 2 ts salt, depending on
-the saltiness of the
-hot bean sauce
1 tb Rice wine or dry sherry
1 tb Soy sauce
1/2 ts Ground szechwan pepper
4 tb To 5 tb cooking oil

2 tb Finely chopped garlic (never
-cook without it.. (g))
1 ts Fermented black beans (works
2 To 3 dried or fresh
-mushrooms (so-so in it)
6 To 8 pieces wood ear (I
-think these taste like
1 tb Sesame oil (include)

(this dish should be VERY hot)

TO PREPARE: 1. Cut the bean curd into small cubes. If desired, palce the
bean curd in boiling water in a wok or pot and boil until the bean curd
starts to float. This procedure firms the bean curd slightly and is
especially advisable if you are using soft japanese style bean curd. 2.
Chop the pork into small pieces, about 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch, or slightly
smaller. Chop the green onion coarsly. Chop the ginger as finely as
possible. 3. Mix the SEASONINGs in a cup, first dissolving the cornstarch
in water and then adding the other ingredients.

TO COOK: 1. Heat 4-5 tbsps cooking oil in a wok or large frying pan until
very hot. (This recipe actually calls for rendered pork fat, but I
invariably use vegetable oil and fatty pork instead.) Add the pork pieces
and cook briefly. Then add the hot bean sauce, stir and add the chopped
ginger. Stir until the meat and ginger have absorbed the red color from the
hot bean sauce. Add 1 cup of stock or water. Then carefully add the bean
curd cubes and stir gently. 2. Allow the liquid in the wok to cook down
somewhat, keeping it over medium flame. Stir occasionally, being careful
not to break the bean curd cubes. Just before the liquid has cooked away,
stir the seasonings and add the green onion. Stir, check for salt. The
consistency should now be very thick, almost custard like. If necessary add
a tbsp or so more cornstarch first mixing it with a few tbsps of water to
make a thin paste. Sprinkle ground Szechwan pepper over the bean curd.
Serve hot. Should be eaten on top of rice.

From The Good Food of Szechwan: Down to Earth Chinese cooking. Robert A.
Delfs. Kodansha International Ltd.

 Share this Recipe

Recipes by Course

Recipes by Main Ingredient

Recipes by Cuisine

Recipes by Preparation

Recipes by Occasion

Recipes by Dietary

Sign Up and Create a Cookbook Today!

Please Sign in to your Account or Sign up if you are new user.

Who loves our Healthy Recipes?