Mapo Dofu

Recipe courtesy of Ching-He Huang
Show: Easy Chinese | Episode: Sichuan Spice
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30 min
10 min
4 servings


  • 8 ounces mung bean noodles or rice noodles
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3/4 cup beef stock
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
  • 1 red Fresno chile, seeded and finely diced
  • 12 ounce ground pork
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chili bean sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 pound firm fresh tofu, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons black rice vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 large scallions, sliced
Mapo Dofu


Place the noodles in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Let soak until softened, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and toss with 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil to prevent sticking. 

In a small saucepan or wok, heat the beef stock to a simmer and then keep warm on low heat. 

In a small frying pan set over medium heat, dry-toast the peppercorns until fragrant. Remove from the heat and crush in a mortar and pestle, place in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin or use a spice grinder. 

Heat a wok over high heat and add the peanut oil. Add the garlic, ginger, chili and 1 tablespoon of the ground peppercorns and stir-fry a few seconds. Add the pork and chili bean sauce and continue stir-frying. As the pork browns, add the rice wine. When the pork has browned, add the tofu and mix gently. Season the stir-fry with soy sauce, black rice vinegar, the remaining 1 teaspoon sesame oil, salt and ground white pepper. 

Add the hot beef stock to the pork and tofu and bring to a boil. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water, then stir into the sauce to thicken. Stir in the scallions and remove from the heat. Serve over the noodles and sprinkle with the remaining peppercorns.