Mapo Tofu (麻婆豆腐)

Posted by Penta1 on 24. Feb 2012

Mapo Tofu- a spicy Szechuan dish

Mapo tofu (má pó dòu fǔ 麻婆豆腐) is the most famous and easiest kind of Sichuan food and also the spicy taste also makes it very popular.True Mapo doufu is powerfully spicy with both conventional "heat" spiciness and the characteristic "mala" (numbing spiciness) flavor of Sichuan cuisine. The feel of the particular dish is often described by cooks using seven specific Chinese adjectives: numbing(má 麻), spicy hot(là 辣), hot temperature(tàng 烫), fresh(xiān 鲜), tender and soft (nèn嫩), aromatic(xiāng 香), and flaky(sū 酥). These seven characteristics are considered to be the most defining of authentic Mapo doufu. The authentic form of the dish is increasingly easy to find outside China today, but usually only in Sichuanese restaurants that do not adapt the dish for non-Sichuanese tastes.It is said that Ma Po bean curd introduced to Japan after the bags were made of fast food, "Mapo tofu."

Story about Mapo Tofu The name Ma Po Tofu is roughly translated as “pockmarked grandmother beancurd,” named for the old woman who supposedly invented the dish Xianfeng in the Qing Dynasty, a person called Chen Chunfu in Chengdu North Bridge Wan opened the door, "Chen Xingsheng Fanpu" generally sell rice and vegetables. A smallpox as a child because of her, leaving pock in the face, so she said it was Chen Mapo. The couple's male waiter, kitchen hand woman, with very understanding. Fan Pu near the large grain and oil storage, porters to transport grain and oil to be at this for almost a meal in the rest here. Chen Mapo porters that are hot to eat, Ma eat, and eat hot, with more pepper, chili bean burned, Ma made tofu, spicy, hot and tender, Shannon. Red bean curd on the side ...

Her business thrived for inexpensive price and good taste. After the woman died, people named her specialty "Mapo Tofu" to remember her, which literally means tofu made by the freckled woman. The name has lasted untill now and becomes a common dish found everywhere, and it is favored by foreigners as well.


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