Easy Mapo Tofu

March 16, 2017
Easy Mapo Tofu recipe using mince chicken, spicy fermented beans and soft silken beancurd.

Easy Mapo Tofu Recipe

What is Tofu?

Tofu is also known as beancurd.

Tofu is prepared by coagulating soy milk then pressed the curds into a block of either soft, medium or hard blocks of beancurd.

What is Mapo tofu?

Mapo tofu, is probably one of the well known, most cooked dish amongst foodies/ cooks around the world.

Mapo Tofu is originally from Sichuan Province in China.

Sichuan cooking has bold flavours, using chillies, garlic and gingers. Another star ingredient in Sichuan cooking would be Sichuan peppers!

Have you tried Sichuan peppers?

Allow me to elaborate a little bit on Sichuan peppers.

Unlike its close cousins, ie black peppers or white peppers, Sichuan peppers has a slight lemony taste to it. Sichuan peppers are known for its tongue numbing effect.

Another dish from Sichuan province, that we enjoy (and will cook when  temperature start to dip) is the Hot and Sour Soup.

Easy mapo tofu with ground chicken

In the past, I, either ate Mapo tofu when we were out eating in some Chinese restaurant in Malaysia or I'd buy the ready mix packet from Asian grocer here.

The ready mix Mapo tofu came with a price tag (yes, Perth is quite an expensive city when it comes to food, compare to other states/ territory).

I used to buy the mix once or twice but not anymore since my husband decided to try and cook, hence our version of Easy Mapo Tofu was 'born'/ cooked! :D

One point to gloat, according to my 2 adult kids, my Mapo tofu tasted much nicer than dad's ;P

Mapo tofu recipe

How To Cook Mapo Tofu?

What I used in his tweaked version of mapo tofu.

  1. I used Yeo's chilli fermented bean paste
  2. I used Extra soft silken tofu, Macro brand from Woollies. This tofu so far the best soft tofu I have ever tasted. It has smooth texture, and cost a little bit more that the soft tofu bought from Asian grocer. 
  3. I used homemade chilli oil. It tasted much better than store-bought chilli oil. Keep the extra chilli oil in a bottled and store it in your larder. Handy to drizzle on any food for that extra kick :)
  4. Lastly, I omit Sichuan pepper, I used its cousin, white pepper, instead. I am yet to get used to that tongue numbing effect :(
Printable recipe is at the bottom of this post.

Don't be discourage looking at the lengthy recipe below.

Trust me, it is easy to whip up.

Ma po Tofu

What Do you Serve Mapo Tofu with

It is a one pot meal, from stove to dinner table within 30 minutes.

Serve with hot jasmine rice.

I hope you will enjoy our version of Easy Mapo tofu :D.

How To Cook Vegetarian Mapo Tofu?

Replace mince chicken with mushrooms to give it more body.

Point to note that, when using mushrooms, add a bit more corn flour mix with water to make the sauce thick and silky.

This mapo tofu recipe is so versatile!

Mapo tofu with extra chilli oil

yield: 4-6print recipe

Easy Mapo Tofu

Hot and spicy beancurd or better known as Mapo Tofu.


  • 450g ground chicken
  • 2 soft silken tofu cut into cubes (250g /packet ~ I used Macro from woollies)
  • 3 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 fresh red chilli - chopped
  • 5g garlic - chopped
  • 15g ginger - grated
  • 1 tablespoon fermented chilli bean paste
  • spring onion
  • white pepper
Chilli oil
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 tablespoon chilli flakes
  • 3 teaspoon cornflour
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


Chilli Oil
  1. Heat 1/4 cup of oil, add chilli flakes. Stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside for later use. (Note: this recipe require only 2-3 teaspoons, bottle the remaining chilli oil and keep in larder)
Cooking Mapo Tofu
  1. Combine ground chicken with all the ingredients under 'Marinade', set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients under 'Sauce' in a bowl and set aside
  3. Heat up wok and add oil
  4. Add chopped garlic, grated ginger and chilli
  5. Add marinated chicken mince. Stir and cook for 1 minute
  6. Add bean paste and chilli oil. Stir and cook for another minute or two.
  7. Add sauce, stir well.
  8. Add cubed tofu, gently coat with sauce. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove lid and stir to mix. Sprinkle with chopped spring onions.
  10. Serve with steam rice.
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Easy Mapo tofu recipe.  Mapo tofu using ground chicken, spicy fermented beans and soft silken tofu. Easy Mapo tofu from stove to dinner table within 30 minutes.


  1. I love tofu ! Haven't made this dish for a long time and you just tempted me to do so. Hope you're going to have a great weekend.
    Blessings, Kristy

    1. Hi Kristy,
      LOL... a good temptation ;P
      have a good week Kristy :D

  2. Hi, nice post! This Mapo tofu sound great, Thanks for sharing!!!!


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