Hope you all had a lovely Chinese New Year! Last night I made fried rice (not exactly traditional Chinese, but we take what we can get) for Bobby and tonight I made a traditional Chinese dish called Mabu Tofu (or Mabu Dofu).
I made a meat version (for Bobby) and a vegan/vegetarian version (for me). I bulked up both of them with veggies. This dish is typically served with just the Mabu sauce and tofu + meat, but I can’t make a meal without adding in some bulk!
The prep for this is incredibly easy because I used a pre-packaged Mabu Tofu mix. The mix can be found at most Asian grocery stores, and I got mine at 99 Ranch.
Maggie’s Simple Mabu Tofu (serves 4)
- 1 box of Mabu Tofu sauce (found in Chinese grocery stores like 99 Ranch) – 4 servings
- 1 block of tofu (approximately 14 oounces), chopped into ~1cm cubes
- other meat (optional – I added 1 chopped turkey dog, a slice of ham, and some chicken to the non-vegan version; basically whatever was leftover in the fridge)
- 2-3 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 3-4 stalks of celery, chopped
- other veggies (optional – I used about 1 cup of broccoli and 1 cup of cauliflower in the vegan version)
- Heat the oil on high heat in a wok or large saute pan. Add the onions; saute for 1 minute. Then add the celery and other veggies, if using. Saute for another 1-2 minutes.
- Add the tofu (and other meat, if using). Cook until heated through (I like to get mine a little brown and crispy), then dump in the entire contents of the Mabu Tofu sauce packet.
- Reduce heat to medium and continue to stir for another 2-3 minutes, making sure the sauce is well-distributed.
Enjoy plain, with rice, couscous, or another grain.
Did you celebrate Chinese New Year? What is your favorite Chinese dish? I like very traditional Chinese cooking. When I first moved to California (Union City in the East Bay) I lived in a house with 4 other people, and 3 of them were Chinese. The guy was an amazing cook and I got to enjoy everything he made – delicious spicy prawn soups (pre-vegetarian), perfectly sauteed greens, and some crazy bean desserts. It was so awesome!