I made this for my family when my mom told me that I needed to figure out what to do with some ground pork she had defrosted. They loved it and requested it again in the same week.
So, here goes:
MA PO TOFU (Simmered Tofu with Ground Pork)
2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons peeled and minced fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes to add spice
1/2 pound ground pork
1 cup chopped scallion
1 cup chicken stock
2 pounds soft or silken tofu, cut into cubes
1/4 cup soy sauce
Salt to taste, chili and ginger to taste.
- Put the oil in a deep skillet or wok. Add the garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes and cook just until they begin to sizzle.
- Add the pork and stir to break it up; cook, stirring occasionally, until it loses most of its pink color.
- Add the scallion and stir; add the stock. Make sure the pork is fully cooked, then add the tofu.
- Cook, stirring gently because the tofu is very soft. Stir in the soy sauce, taste, and add salt and hot pepper flakes as necessary.
I love ginger, so I added more ginger in, too.
Pictures to come when I make it again!