Mapo Tofu is a punchy but comforting dish from the Sichuan province in China. This recipe is 100% plant based and will go down a treat with a bottle of G’Wurtz. Our 2016 vintage was made in a dry style, but with all of the gingery jasmine and allspice typical of the noble Gewurztraminer variety. It really is an excellent choice to temper a bowl of spicy and pungent Mapo Tofo. This dish takes no time to cook, so as with most Chinese dishes, it really helps to have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go.
INGREDIENTS Serves 4
1 tsp Sichuan pepper corns
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
5-6 dried shiitake mushroom, rehydrated and finely chopped
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, finely grated
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 spring onions, finely sliced
1 tablespoon fermented black beans
1 tablespoon gojuchang, or sambal oelek will work too
500g pack of soft tofu, cut into bite-sized chunks
300ml vegetable stock
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
2 tablespoons rice wine
2 tsp corn starch
- Place a dry wok over a high heat until the wok is very hot. Remove the wok from the heat and add the Sichuan peppercorns. Agitate the pan for 30 seconds until the peppercorns are toasty and aromatic. Set the peppercorns aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in the wok over a medium/high heat and add the chopped shiitake. Fry for 5-6 minutes. Set the shiitake aside.
- Heat the remaining canola oil and the sesame oil in the wok over a medium heat. Add the ginger, garlic and green onions and fry for a minute or two until the mix is bubbly and aromatic. Add the fermented black beans and the gojuchang and mix well, frying for a further 2 minutes.
- Add the tofu to the wok, along with the vegetable stock, soy sauce, sugar and rice wine. Mix gently and turn up the heat so that the sauce starts to bubble. When the sauce is bubbling, turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, uncovered.
- Mix the cornstarch with 150ml of cold water and pour over the tofu. Mix gently and continue to cook until the sauce thickens (about 2 minutes).
- Crush the Sichuan peppercorns and add them to wok , along with the reserved shiitake. Mix well.
- Serve immediately, garnished with more spring onion, and served alongside some jasmine rice.