Typically Sichuan (code for hot and spicy), mapo tofu has a story to it just as many other Chinese dishes do. Legend has it that Chen Mapo, owner of a Sichuan province restaurant in Chengdu, is the inspiration for this famous Chinese dish, which was so named because of the distinctive freckles or mazi on Chen Mapo’s face. Originating during the early Qing dynasty around the mid 1600’s, mapo tofu has a long history, yet it’s popularity continues today with locals and people all over China still enjoying this dish. And we can understand why. It’s hard to go past the fresh and tender tofu drizzled with a spicy chili sauce made of ground meat, wild peppers, and a broad bean paste. Each bite of tender tofu and savory minced meat combine to surprise and delight. Definitely add this one to your list of must-eats in China.
Update: May 01, 2021