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Mabo Dofu (マーボー豆腐)

Updated: Jun 28, 2023

This is Japanese menu and it tastes super delicious. Mobo Dofu or Mapo Tofu as most people recognize the tofu word at the end of the menu or マーボー豆腐 in Japanese word called. This menu is an Japanese everyday meal that you can make at home. However, if you go the Japanese restaurant, you might or might not find this menu. Mobo Dofu is very popular meal in Japanese households.

This menu originally will use ground meat such as ground chicken, ground pork, or ground beef, with firm or soften tofu and tasty sauce. However, as I'm on my vegetarian project, I only used firm tofu as you see on the photo above. As this plate is a Japanese menu, I used most of ingredients from Japan from soy sauce to mirin that you can find them at Asian grocery stores.

This menu portion serves for 4 parties. If you have more guests you can use this recipe as your guideline and you can adjust the portion size big or small as your desire.

Menu Ingredients Serving for 4

Total Prep Time: 30 minutes | Actual cooking time: 15 minutes

Mabo Dofu Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of Sesame Oil

  • 1/2 pound of your choice of Ground Meat (chicken, pork, or beef, if you vegetarian then cut out this list)

  • 1/2 pack of Fresh Firm or Soften Tofu

  • 1 Garlic Cloves , minced

  • 1 tablespoon of Grated Fresh Ginger

  • 1 tablespoon of Miso Paste

  • 2 tablespoons of Oyster Sauce (Skip this ingredient if you are vegetarian)

  • 1 teaspoon of Soy Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon of Mirin

  • 2 teaspoons of Chili Paste

  • 1/3 cup of Sake (Japanese Vodka)

  • Pinch of Salt and Ground Black Pepper

  • 1 tablespoon of Cornstarch

  • Chopped Scallion for garnish

Mabo Dofu Preparation

  1. Prepare all ingredients into small bowls and then using medium sauce pan at medium high heat.

  2. Adding sesame oil then adds garlic and ginger, sauté with meat then adds all sauces and pastes and stirs until all the meat look golden brown.

  3. Adds some scallion and tofu then cornstarch, stirs until the sauce look sticker then turn off the stove.

  4. Transfer to a serving dish and serving this menu with Japanese steamed rice and enjoy the meal.


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