This is a variation on Ma Po Tofu that my mom developed when I was a kid and it instantly became a household favorite. Me, my brother, and our cousins, requested it all the time. Now that I made it for Lon, he’ll be requesting it too.  *photo was updated on 8/23/16

fried tofu with pork

Fried Tofu with Minced Pork in Spicy Garlic Sauce


  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup + 2 1/2 tablespoon water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 6 ounces ground pork
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (more if you want spicier)
  • 4 pieces (2.5″x2.5″x1.5″) fresh fried tofu, cut into 4 pieces each
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallion
  • steamed white rice to serve
Sliced Tofu


1. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and 1.5 tablespoons of water. Make sure it is completely dissolved. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
3. Mix 2/3 of the slurry into the pork and put it in the oil and break it up while cooking. Use a tablespoon of water to help break it up. Stir until cooked through and add soy sauce, garlic, sugar, and chili garlic sauce.
4. Add tofu and 1 cup of water, and stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
5. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Stir in remaining slurry and scallions and stir for 1 minute or until even consistency throughout.

Fried Tofu with Minced Pork in Spicy Garlic Sauce 3

It’s irresistible with rice — you can’t help but eat too much!

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