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    Vegan Ma Po Tofu

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    30 mins

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    blucoat's Note:

    This is a delicious recipe is from Greensboro's excellent restaurant "Boba House", where it is one of the most popular items on the menu. It's a vegetarian version of a traditional Szechuan dish with soft tofu sautéed with mushrooms, peas, carrots, and "beef" chunks in a mildly spicy sauce. Both the tofu and the mushrooms need soaking time. If you don't have brown bean sauce, substitute a mild brown miso, mixed with a bit of water to make a softer mixture (halfway between a sauce and a paste).

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    1. 1
      Cover the mushrooms with hot water and let stand 1 hour. Drain and cut into 1/8-inch pieces. Set aside.
    2. 2
      Place the tofu in a large sieve. Bring 8 cups (2 L) of water to a boil. Pour into a metal bowl just larger than the sieve and place the sieve inside. Let soak for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.
    3. 3
      Mix 5 tablespoons. of cold water with the broth, chili oil, bean sauce, cornstarch, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and white pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
    4. 4
      Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or heavy, large skillet over high heat for 1 minute. Add the onions, garlic, and ginger and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the mushroom pieces and “beef” and stir-fry for 1 minute. Stir the broth mixture and add to the wok with the peas and carrots. Stir-fry until reaches a boil, about 1 minute. Add the tofu and toss gently to coat. Cook 2 1/2 minutes, tossing gently.
    5. 5
      Divide between plates. Garnish with the cilantro and sprinkle with the pepper.

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    Nutritional Facts for Vegan Ma Po Tofu

    Serving Size: 1 (216 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 388.7
    Calories from Fat 211
    Total Fat 23.4 g
    Saturated Fat 3.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 608.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 25.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.9 g
    Sugars 3.9 g
    Protein 22.8 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    dried shiitake mushrooms

    vegetable broth

    chili oil

    brown bean sauce

    vegetarian ground beef

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