Mapo Tofu

August 13, 2008 | Chuck
Mapo Tofu

We've been really bad about taking pictures of our Sunday nite dinners lately. Sometimes we just want to eat and not deal with the photography, especially when dinner is not at our place. It's a pain in the butt to lug around the DSLR and tripod to our friends place and figure out the lighting conditions. After accidentally dropping our point-and-shoot camera on the strip in Vegas (long story), we recently got an ultra-compact Canon SD1100IS, which is great for discrete restaurant shots.

This past Sunday, Hungry Bear and I went over to Jane's place for dinner. It was a perfect opportunity to test out our little camera. For dinner, Howie (who is a much better cook than he lets on) made mapo tofu and stir-fried green beans. Jane and Garry made angel food cake with a lemon glaze and creme brulee. We would have taken pictures of dessert, but Jane and Garry weren't happy with their results. We thought they tasted perfectly good.

The mapo tofu was warm and very satisfying. And Howie completely winged the recipe. He should really make dinner more often!  We couldn't leave you without a recipe, so here's a mapo tofu roundup...

BTW, our white cut chicken picture won the DMBLGIT July 2008 aesthetics category. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Mapo Tofu over Rice
[tags]chinese, tofu, pork, spicy[/tags]

11 Comments on “Mapo Tofu”

  1. This is one of my favorite dishes — but because I don’t eat pork, I make it with ground turkey instead. And for me, the spicier the better!

  2. Yeah Chuck! You only post like once a month now. :( Foodgawker looks great and keeps getting better and better, but I miss the SND posts. :)

  3. Sophie said:

    Yum! This looks flavorful, warm and delicious :)

  4. Tracie said:

    You’re back! Nice to see your new post! :)

  5. Kevin said:

    That looks good! Mapo tofu is one of my favorites.

  6. Jude said:

    Mapo tofu is one of my favorite things to order in restaurants. Even better when homemade. Thanks for the roundup!

  7. Ms.___2 be said:

    Oh you just stir up my tofu craving again. hehe

  8. Chuck said:

    Lydia, I completely agree… the spicier the better!

    WC, I’m trying to get back into posting regularly. Foodgawker is a total time suck… not that I’m complaining.

    Sophie, thanks!

    Tracie, I heard through the grapevine that you said we were neglecting SND… guilty as charged, so this post was for you.

    Kevin, thanks. Hungry Bear is planning on making her version soon.

    Jude, my pleasure on the roundup.

    Ms.____2 be, sorry… ha!

  9. Nags said:

    Love this recipe!

  10. Wow very nicely written :) Going to share this with my readers on my site, thanks!

  11. Wow, very great tips. I will use this for my blog. Thanks

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