Some of my guy friends are amazing cooks, some have completed culinary school, some even cook professionally and well...some of my other guy friends microwave daily and are known on a first name basis at their neighborhood Chinese takeout joint. When I suggest that they tag along with me to the farmers' market, I can see the sweat start to bead up on their forehead and a look of panic start to wash over their face. They get that deer in the headlights look and start hightailing it for the nearest exit. So this recipe is for you, dude friends- it's simple, it's really quick and doesn't involve any fancy French words. You can whip it up in mere minutes and return to the safety of your man cave before anyone assaults you with words like locavore, food revolution or Richard Blais.
Ma Po Tofu
1/2 lb. ground pork
1 package Ma Po sauce
1 block silken firm or extra-firm tofu, drained, cut into 2cm cubes
3 scallions, chopped (whites & greens)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon chili oil or sriracha (optional)
1 tablespoon oil
- Heat a tbsp of cooking oil in a wok under medium high heat. Add ground pork, cook until it's browned.
- Reduce heat to medium-low. Add sauce, tofu and scallions. (Add chili oil or sriracha at this point, if you wish.) Stir-fry, blend well.
- Serve with steamed rice.