Mapo Tofu - Japanese Version
In Japan, when you enter a chuka (Chinese) restaurant, sit down then look at the menu, you will find this dish - Mapo Tofu. Mapo Tofu is a Chinese well-known dish from the Szechuan province. It combine the Chinese chili-bean paste or called Tobanjiang with tofu and minced pork. Tobanjiang plays the main role in spicy flavor of the dish. Although, most of the Chinese restaurants offer this famous dish, Mapo Tofu in Japanese style is not as spicy as the origin from Szechuan. It is sweeter and milder in taste.
Remember when I ordered, I will request for more spicy mapo tofu and add more chili-oil (rayu) when serve. If you are cooking at home, you may add more tobanjian if you prefer more spicy taste. Serve with hot steamed rice will stimulate your appetite.