Ma Po Tofu with Eggplant is an easy and delicious dish to make, any night of the week. Preparation takes about 10 minutes and another 10 for cooking. Dinner will be on the table in no time.
I have been making ma po tofu for many many years. It is warming and satisfying and delicious anytime of the year.
I make this dish with pork. but you could easily turn this dish into a vegan dinner by omitting the pork. With so many seasonings such as ginger, garlic, green onion, soy sauce and vegetable broth – you won’t miss the pork.
Ma Po Tofu actually dates back about 200 years. It was originally made by an elderly woman at The Chen Xingsheng, a small restaurant that she ran with her husband.
Ma means pock, and po means elderly, so mapo was actually used to describe the woman who made and served this delicious dish.
If you need a quick and delicious dinner – Ma Po Tofu with Eggplant is for you!
Like most families, we love to barbecue on the weekends. But sometimes I get tired of eating so much meat. My husband suggested we try marinating and grilling tofu on the barbecue. So, I came up with this Orange Soy Honey Tofu Marinade for the Barbecue. It’s really good – I think you’ll like it. It has sweetness from the orange juice and honey, saltiness from the soy and lots of extra flavour bits like ginger, garlic. Yum!
Tofu, for those of you who are not familiar is made from coagulated soy milk. It has been made for thousands of years beginning in China. The story goes that a cook once accidentally curdled some soy milk and … tofu was born.
Tofu is fantastic for soaking up flavours of sauces and marinades. Which is why this marinade works so well with tofu. All the flavours of orange, soy, honey, ginger, and sesame oil soak right into the porous soy cubes. This marinade also works in stir-fries as a sauce with chicken or tofu if you do not barbecue, or it’s raining or it’s wintertime. Just use with your favourite stir-fry combination. Or keep checking my website, and I’ll try and post a recipe soon!
Tofu is a super healthy meat alternative. In a 100 gram serving (about 1/2 a cup) there are 70 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 8.2 grams of protein and about 350 mg of calcium, which is about 20% of our daily needs. When compared with chicken or steak, it is much lower in calories and much higher in calcium. It is lower in protein than chicken or steak, but one serving is ample enough.
The tofu caramelizes to a lovely golden brown on the barbeque. It’s very difficult to cook it this way on the stovetop, which makes barbequing that much more exciting!
Before you begin making this dish, you should press the tofu to remove any extra liquid. When pressed, the tofu is less apt to fall apart on the barbeque. Place the tofu in a shallow bowl and cover by a small plate. Place a weight on top of the plate. You could use a can of tomatoes, a small bag of sugar, anything that weighs about 1 kg. Leave the tofu like that for about 60 minutes. Drain away the liquid, then place the pressed tofu in a container with the Orange Soy Honey Tofu Marinade to soak up all those yummy flavours.
Barbecue on a medium heat until golden brown all over, turning often. Brush on additional marinade as it cooks.
Press tofu to remove extra liquid. Place tofu in a shallow bowl. Place a small plate on top. On top of the plate, place an object that weighs about 1 kg (large can of tomatoes, small bag of sugar etc.). Leave for about 60 minutes.
Drain away extra liquid.
Chop the garlic and ginger finely.
Add all other ingredients into microwavable bowl.
Place in microwave for about 30 seconds, until the honey and orange juice concentrate are melted.
Stir all ingredients together.
Pour over tofu.
Place in refrigerator for about 2-3 hours.
Grill on medium heat on barbeque. Baste with extra marinade.
Turn tofu a few times until each cube is a nice golden brown.