Ma po tofu #2

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 tablespoon Cooking oil
1 teaspoon (or several cloves; crushed) garlic
1 teaspoon Fresh chopped ginger
1 \N Bunch scallions
½ pounds Ground pork
1 cup Water
1 teaspoon Cornstarch (up to)
½ pounds Tofu cut into bite-size chunks. (I like the very soft; but the firmer tofu varieties work well too.)
1 teaspoon Black bean sauce
1 teaspoon (or to taste) spicy chili sauce
1 tablespoon (or to taste) soy sauce

Here is a delicous, spicy recipe for tofu, with Chinese origins. It lends itself to infinite variations, but here's the basic recipe: In a large skillet, saute ginger, garlic, and scallions in the cooking oil. When garlic is slightly browned, add ground pork, and cook until meat is thoroughly browned.

Mix cornstarch in a cup of water, and add to the meat in the skillet.

Bring to a simmer. At this point, add the bean sauce, chili sauce, and soy sauce and stir all well. The sauce should just begin to thicken a bit.

Finally, add the tofu pieces, and gently stir so it's well mixed with the sauce. Cover and simmer for 20- 30 minutes. Serve over rice. some variations:

-use ground beef or ground turkey, or mix ground meats -use no meat at all, and sautee bell peppers or mushrooms, or other vegetables

-use meat and vegetables!

-add fresh spicy chiles for an extra zing ABBYK@...



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