So today I want to share with you, a dish that is NOT traditionally Japanese… a Chinese dish with a Japanese twist, Mabo Tofu (麻婆豆腐)
Why? Because it’s delicious! Japanese people love Chinese food, I mean who doesn’t?
What is Mabo Tofu?
Mabo (Mapo) Tofu is originally Chinese but it’s also a common dish that nearly every family in Japan have regularly, it’s almost like spaghetti bolognese for an English family. It’s a spicy dish made up of minced pork, firm tofu, onion in a thick, spicy sauce, it’s usually served with rice.
Mabo even appears in Japanese school lunch (Of course that means it’s a lucky school lunch day!)
Rather than only posting traditional Japanese or fusion recipes, we want to share food that you commonly see on tables in Japan (Family home, Restaurant, Izakaya…etc)
Also the fact that Japanese-style Mabo Tofu is probably a bit different from authentic Chinese Mapo Tofu makes it even more interesting. We use regular miso rather than Chinese miso, and it’s also not too spicy so it can be enjoyed by everyone!
Making Mabo Tofu
This Spicy Mabo Tofu is
- Very Easy to Make
- Nicely Spicy
One issue you might find is, you might need to pop into some Asian supermarket to get some of the ingredients to make this (Chinese style chilli bean paste etc) but I will suggest alternative for ingredients where I can. If you have any trouble, you can always leave a comment below, send us an email or comment on instagram!
When I was back in England, there were times where I didn’t have enough money to go to Asian supermarkets and buy proper ingredients to make the home food that I missed, so I had to improvise.
Don’t worry! I know the pain of not being able to get what you need on a recipe and feeling incomplete.
But again, don’t worry, I’ve got you all covered.