The cuisine of many nations can be found on Japan’s dining tables but perhaps the one most commonly made at home is Chinese food and the most popular Chinese recipe is undoubtedly the tofu dish known as mabo tofu. Mabo tofu comes from the local cuisine of the Szechuan region, famous for its intense spices, but the version eaten in Japanese homes often avoids the fiery heat of the original and alters the flavouring to Japanese tastes, making it a truly Japanese style Chinese dish!
This recipe requires very few ingredients really. Just tofu and mincemeat, and it is very easy to prepare. Japanese tofu comes in a wide variety of different textures but the firmer types of tofu are more suitable for this dish.
We bought a ready-made sauce, including all the necessary spices and seasonings to make this recipe.
House Chinese Mabo Tofu Sauce
One pack of House Tofu (Form or Extra Firm)
60g of Pork Mince
How to prepare:
1. Place the Tofu on a sieve or rack for around 5 minutes to drain away the liquid.
2. Once the liquid has completely gone, cut the tofu into cubes of 2 to 3cm
3. Heat some vegetable oil in a wok or frying pan before adding the mince.
4. Add the mabo tofu sauce and simmer for a couple of minutes.
5. Add the cubed tofu.
6. Continue to simmer on a medium heat while gently stirring until the tofu has completely warmed through.
Copyright Japan Centre/Yuko Fujiwara