ULTIMATE VEGAN MAPO TOFU RECIPE | ONE OF MY FAVOURITE CHINESE DISHES 麻婆豆腐

LEARN HOW TO MAKE THE BEST VEGAN MAPO TOFU RECIPE AT HOME!

LAY HO MA!! Mapo tofu is definitely one of my all time favourite recipes. It’s salty, spicy, and when you scoop this amazingness onto a bowl of rice it’s legit game over. Join me in this episode and learn how to make my ultimate vegan mapo tofu recipe. Let’s begin

Ingredients:
4 dried shiitake mushrooms
2 1/2 cups water
3 sticks green onion
1 cup canned chickpeas
1lb soft or medium firm tofu
2 pieces garlic
1 small piece ginger
1-2 tsp Sichuan peppercorns (or black peppercorns)
3 tbsp chili oil (https://youtu.be/DUDKIcYltZA)
1 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp doubanjiang (Chinese broad bean chili paste)
1 tsp cane sugar
1 tbsp soy sauce
splash of rice vinegar
1 tbsp potato starch + 1 tbsp water

Directions:
1. Place the dried shiitake mushrooms in a small saucepan and add in the water. Cover and bring to a boil
2. Chop the green onion. Roughly crush the chickpeas with a fork
3. When the water comes to a boil, simmer on medium for 10min
4. Drain out the tofu and carefully slice into cubes
5. Pour out and reserve the mushroom water. Cool down the mushrooms with cold water and squeeze out the liquid. Then, remove the stalks from the mushrooms and finely dice
6. Finely chop the garlic and ginger
7. Heat up a sauté pan to medium heat. Toast the peppercorns for 1min. Then, grind down the peppercorn in a pestle and mortar
8. Place the pan back onto medium heat. Add the chili oil
9. Sauté the chickpeas and mushrooms for 1-2min. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for another minute
10. Add in the chili powder, crushed peppercorn, and the doubanjiang. Give the pan a good stir, then add in the reserved mushroom water
11. Add in the cane sugar, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Give the pan a stir
12. Make a slurry by combining the potato starch with 1 tbsp water
13. Slowly pour in the slurry while stirring
14. Add in the tofu and gently stir around them
15. Plate and garnish with the chopped green onion

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Hong Kong born Canadian, Wil Yeung is an international photographer, filmmaker, entrepreneur, violinist, and YouTube chef. He immigrated to Canada when he was a young boy carrying with him his ability to speak Cantonese and some broken English. Much of his culinary aspirations stem from his background in the visual and musical art spaces. Whether you’re plant based or plant based curious, Wil believes that learning how to make food can really change your life and of those around you.

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