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Ma Po Tofu (麻婆豆腐)

Ma Po Tofu is a popular Chinese dish from Sichuan province, China. It consists of spicy sauce, tofu and minced meat.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 156kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • ½ lb Ground pork
  • 1 block Soft Tofu
  • 3 sticks Green onion
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • ½ tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons Chili oil homemade Sichuan style
  • ½ cup Water


  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Water


  • Minced 4 cloves of garlic.
  • Cut 3 sticks of green onion. 
  • Cut a block of soft tofu into cubes and set them aside.
  • Add ½ tablespoon of vegetable oil into a non-stick pan. After that, turn on fire to medium high and stir fry minced garlic a little bit. 
  • Next, add ½ pound of ground pork and stir fry or loose up ground pork. 
  • The following, add ¼ teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1.5 tablespoons of chili oil (homemade), ½ cup of water and keep stir fried until the pork is cooked. 
  • In a small container, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water. 
  • After, pour cornstarch mixture with the pork and keep stir frying until the sauce is thickened. 
  • Lastly, add cut tofu and be gentle. Do not stir too hard because soft tofu will break easily and cook it for a minute.
  • Topping some green onion and ready to serve.



Cooking tips for mapo doufu (麻婆豆腐):

  • Add ½ tablespoon of homemade chili oil at a time, depending on how spicy you can tolerate it. Personally, I like to use 1.5 tablespoons of chili oil because this is how spicy my family can handle.
  • I like to use this homemade Sichuan chili oil because it is very aromatic, so it gives a good flavor to the meat and tofu.
  • We like soft tofu because it is smooth and soft. On the other hand, some people like to use medium firm or firm.
  • If you use soft tofu, I suggest not to stir fried too hard with the pork and add tofu last.


Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 451mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg