Mapo Tofu Recipe | PBS Food

This mapo tofu recipe appears in Off the Menu.



  • 1 lbs soft tofu, cubed
  • 2 oz, ground meat (beef/pork) / optional
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. hot bean sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • cornstarch
  • water


  1. In medium heat warm oil in a pan, add minced garlic. Warm until garlic smells like a real kitchen should. Add ground meat and brown the meat. Add hot bean sauce, soy sauce and water, and mix thoroughly. Bring to a slight boil.
  2. Add cubed soft tofu and mix well. My mom loves to finish with a mixture of cornstarch and water to thicken the recipe. Top with chopped green onions.Serve with steamed rice.
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