13.358 Mapo Doufu 2.0

Cycle 13 – Item 358

29 (Thu) December 2022

Mapo Doufu 2.0


by me

at home

-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-

with the Family

Up to now, I’d made mapo toufu primarily with oyster sauce and douban jiang, in equal proportions (see for example 12.247 Mapo Doufu).

But from now, I will try to revamp the formula in pursuit of the one in Osaka (see 13.354 Mapo Doufu).  The key is a foundation of chili oil, plus a touch of douban jiang and shaoxing wine for fragrance, and a dash of oyster sauce (or maybe plain soy sauce?) for seasoning.

Also made garlic chives & eggs as a tribute to the Osaka meal.

I tried out Laoganma as the base (see 13.349 Laoganma with Steamed Rice & Fried Egg), which didn’t quite work for me because I found the chili crisps too chunky, and the mala flavor too strong.  But generally, the texture came pretty close to Osaka, more of a dressing than a gravy.

(The pork belly wasn’t so much a choice, just using up a leftover ingredient in the freezer.)


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