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Ma Po Tofu


Total Time: 25 min (Prep 10 min; Cook 15 min)

Yield: 4 servings




4 ounces ground pork

2 tablespoons dry sherry

1 teaspoon cornstarch


1/2 tablespoon fermented black beans, rinsed and mashed

1/2 tablespoon chili paste with garlic

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons soy sauce

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger


1 (14 ounce) package tofu, drained and cut into cubes

1 cup frozen green peas

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 tablespoon cornstarch, mixed with equal parts water



Ma Po Tofu


1.In a small bowl, combine ground pork, sherry and 1 teaspoon cornstarch; set aside.


2.In a separate small bowl, combine black beans, chile paste, cayenne pepper, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger; set aside.


3.Heat a large skillet over medium heat. If pork is lean, add 1 tablespoon oil. Cook pork until evenly browned. Stir in black bean mixture, tofu, and peas. Pour in chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Stir in dissolved cornstarch, and cook until thickened.