40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2

A simple, delicious Chinese mabo tofu recipe that has been passed on for years. Easy to prepare!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl; set aside.

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  • Brown ground pork in a small skillet over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes. Drain fat.

  • Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet or wok. Cook the garlic and ginger root in the oil until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in tofu and cook for 2 minutes. Season with the soy sauce, hot bean sauce, and sugar; stir to combine.

  • Stir in the cooked pork and green onion. Sprinkle with the cornstarch and water mixture; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir the sesame oil into the thickened mabo tofu.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

267 calories; 17.4 g total fat; 37 mg cholesterol; 1637 mg sodium. 8.3 g carbohydrates; 22.3 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (28)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2010
This recipe is delicious. I didn't have any hot bean sauce so I substituted a mixture of miso paste and chili garlic sauce. I also substituted onion chives for the green onion. I bet the original recipe is even better but my modified version was still yummy.
(10)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/11/2015
Ok. Far too salty with all that soy sauce. I don't think I'll make it again.
40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
10/23/2011
My daughters are vegetarian so I left out the meat and I was winging it at suppertime (late!) so I didn't have everything. In my version I used olive oil no meat.. didn't know what hot bean sauce so I put in some white miso (1 tbsp) instead. My daughter--who doesn't like sesame seeds and I did use the roasted sesame oil--thinks this dish is keeper. So do I:)
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2010
This recipe is delicious. I didn't have any hot bean sauce so I substituted a mixture of miso paste and chili garlic sauce. I also substituted onion chives for the green onion. I bet the original recipe is even better but my modified version was still yummy.
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2011
This is a very delicious recipe. It tastes like the restaurant style! Thanks!
(8)
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2010
i love this recipe! i used to make mabo tofu from a mix but lately i'm trying to make things from scratch to avoid the chemicals that come in processed foods. this was easy to make & you know exactly what goes in it! i put in eggplant & green peppers & that really added to the dish. i used leftover ham instead of ground pork & it turned out great. also used red chili sauce instead of the hot bean sauce. basically anything spicy should work. thanks for sharing a great recipe. definitely will make again.
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2010
I substituted green beans for pork (not a meat eater). Delicious and simple -- I had all of the ingredients save the tobanjan on hand. Thanks!
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2010
I made this recipe with asparagus instead of ground pork because I don't eat meat. I thought it was fantastic!
(4)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2011
thanks!
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2010
I substituted ground chicken for the pork and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing!
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2010
I followed this recipe exactly and it turned out great. I used low sodium tamari instead of regular soy sauce. It was still a little on the salty side I thought....but good anyway.
(3)