Ma po tofu

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This is a great Chinese recipe. You can control the spice by varying the cayenne.


  • 125g pork mince
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 2 teaspoons black beans, mashed
  • 2 teaspoons chilli paste with garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1cm fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped
  • 400g firm tofu, drained and cubed
  • 150g frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour mixed with one tablespoon water


1. In a small bowl, combine the pork mince, sherry and 1 teaspoon cornstarch; set aside.

2. In a separate small bowl, combine black beans, chilli paste, cayenne pepper, soy sauce, garlic and ginger; set aside.

3. Heat a large frypan over medium heat. If pork is lean, add 1 tablespoon oil. Cook pork until evenly browned. Stir in black bean mixture, tofu, and peas. Pour in chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Stir in dissolved cornflour, and cook until thickened.