From About.com: Chinese Food A famous Szechuan recipe - the name Ma Po Tofu is roughly translated as "pockmarked grandmother beancurd," named for the old woman who supposedly invented the dish.
Marinade for Ground Pork
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons tapioca starch (can substitute cornstarch)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1⁄4 lb ground pork
- 1 lb regular tofu (medium firmness)
- 1 leeks or 3 green onions
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon chinese preserved black bean (fermented black beans, also called Chinese black beans)
- 1 tablespoon chili bean paste
- 3 tablespoons chicken stock or 3 tablespoons chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
- freshly ground szechwan pepper
- 2 tablespoons oil, for stir-frying, as needed
- Mix marinade ingredients. Marinate pork for about 20 minutes.
- Cut the tofu (bean curd) into 1/2 inch (1 cm) square cubes, and blanch (drop into boiling water) for 2 - 3 minutes. Remove from boiling water and drain.
- Chop leek or green onions into short lengths.
- Heat wok and add oil. When oil is ready, add the marinated pork. Stir-fry pork until the color darkens. Add salt and stir. Add the salted black beans. Mash the beans with a cooking ladle until they blend in well with the meat. Add the chili paste, then the stock, bean curd, and leek or green onions.
- Turn down the heat. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes.
- While cooking, mix cornstarch, water, and soy sauce together. Add to wok and stir gently. Serve with freshly ground Szechuan pepper.
This is an excellent, authentic version of Ma Po Tofu. Excellent! My only suggestion would be to omit the extra salt. There is plenty in the the other ingredients.