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How to Cook Ma Po Tofu

Watch more Tofu Recipes videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Follow these tips to learn how to cook Ma Po Tofu Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Combine broth, bean paste, soy sauce, and salt Combine the chicken broth, bean paste, soy sauce, and a dash of salt to taste in a small mixing bowl to make a sauce. Set aside. Step 2: Poach tofu in a saucepan Heat a medium saucepan filled with water until it reaches a simmer. Reduce heat to low, and slide the tofu into the saucepan. Keep the water at a low simmer while continuing to make the rest of the dish. Tip Don't let the water reach a full, rolling boil. Boiling the tofu will give it a rubbery feel. Step 3: Heat oil in wok Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons corn, peanut, or canola oil to the wok, and swirl it around to coat the skillet. Step 4: Add pork and cook Add the ground pork to the heated wok and cook until no longer pink. Break up clumps of meat as you're cooking. Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil to the meat if it begins to stick to the wok. Step 5: Add garlic and ginger; stir in sauce Add the garlic and ginger to the wok, and continue cooking for an additional two minutes. Stir in your reserved sauce, and return the mixture to a simmer. Tip Sprinkle garlic cloves with a dash of salt while mincing to keep them from sticking to your knife. Step 6: Drain tofu and add to wok Drain the poached tofu using a sieve, and add it to the wok. Stir gently to combine. Step 7: Dissolve cornstarch and add to wok Dissolve the cornstarch in 2 tablespoons water, add to the wok and bring to a boil. Stir gently. Cook until the mixture has thickened and become glossy -- about 15 seconds. Step 8: Remove wok from heat Remove the wok or skillet from the heat, and sprinkle with sesame oil, Sichuan-peppercorn powder, and two tablespoons of scallions. Stir until the ingredients are combined. Sprinkle with the remaining scallions, and serve. Present with a bowl of steamed rice for a tasty Chinese meal that's sure to be a crowd pleaser. Did You Know? Soybeans, which are used to make tofu, were first planted in Colonial America in 1765 in Savannah, Georgia.
Length: 03:08


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