# oil free
# sugar free
Mapo Tofu is one of the China’s famous dishes. And it’s also one of our favorite Chinese food dishes.
We can easily order it whenever we go to a Chinese restaurant.
It’s always good along with steamed white rice. The creamy sauce is so delicious mixed with soft tofu.
The last time we ate tofu mapo was 3 weeks ago, when we visited Yellowstone National Park.
The food is okay. Well, we can’t compare because it is the only Chinese restaurant there.
But we realized the dish was too oily and sweet. After all, now we are home. I can make it myself. And of course everything you cook yourself, you can control the amount of ingredients and seasonings. Especially salt, sugar and oil. And because we try to limit oil and sugar, in this recipe I don’t use sugar and oil.
And believe me, even without oil and sugar, it still tastes good ?
So, here’s the recipe!
- 1 eggplant wash and dry pat then diced into 1-2” cubes
- 1/2 of silky tofu diced into small cubes
- Chopped/sliced green onion
- Minced garlic (3 cloves garlics)
- Grated fresh ginger (1 tsp)
- 1 dates soaked in 1/4 cup water (you can substitute with sugar)
- 2 tsp Gochujang (fermented red pepper paste) you can get it in any Asian store. (Less or more)
- Mushrooms powder
- Soy sauces
- 1 tsp cornstarch (less or more)
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
Using your skillet over medium high heat, roasted the eggplants until turning brown. Set aside.
Meanwhile microwave the dates in 40 seconds. Smashed it and strained it.
Still using the skillet add the dates liquid, garlics, ginger, mushrooms powder,gochujang paste, cayenne pepper, and soy sauce. Add more water, mixed well then add the tofu.
Cover with the lid, and let it boiled.
When the tofu mixture boiled add the eggplant, mixed well. Put in a simmer until the eggplant is cooked and tender.
In a small bowl mixed the cornstarch and water. Pouring into the eggplant mixture, stir quickly, taste it and add the green onion. Turn off the heat.
Then the spicy eggplant mapo tofu is ready to served along with steam rice or brown rice as your choice. Enjoy ?
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