Ma Po Doufu

Grandma Chen’s Bean Curd

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  • Serves


    as Part of a Chinese Meal, or 2 as a Single Dish.
    • Difficulty


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By Ken Hom

Published 1990

  • About

Foodlore credits Grandma Chen as the creator of many traditional dishes in Sichuan. They show a genius for blending spicy, peppery, hot, tender, fresh, and fragrant ingredients so they can be tasted individually and as an ensemble in a kind of food fugue. Take this recipe for instance. Its essence lies in its seasonings and condiments, their quality, and the care taken in cooking them with the bean curd and beef. This achieves tenderness and contrasting spiciness, while adding garlic at