Iron Chef’s Mapo Tofu Recipe (麻婆豆腐)

iron chefs map tofu recipe

Hi there. It’s Mrs. Wada back on duty. Are you familiar with Iron Chef? It’s a Japanese TV program broadcasted in the early 90s. I’ve happened to see the Iron Chef of Chinese on TV introducing his mapo tofu recipe. I was a bit excited to see it because I was kinda getting sick of instant mapo that we usually have and this recipe looked easy, so I decided to try it out and share it here.

Iron Chef’s Mapo Tofu Recipe (麻婆豆腐)


(Four servings)
tofu (1 pack) – 400g
spring onions – 1/3
ground pork meat – 100g

[A] doubanjiang (豆板醤) – 1 tbsp
tenmenjiang (甜麺醤) – 1 tbsp
dausijiang (豆鼓醤) – 1 tsp
minced garlic (or in tube) – 1 tbsp
chili powder (adjust as you like) – 1 tsp

chicken broth – 150ml
potato starch – 2-3 tbsp (mixed with little water)
sichuan pepper (花椒粉) – little
cooking oil – little
cooking sake – 1 tbsp
soy sauce – 1 tbsp
pepper – little
salt – little

Important ingredients (Tenmenjiang, Dausijiang, Doubanjiang)
Sichuan pepper. It it is NOT a must.



The Iron Chef says that the key is turn the heat off every step.(when adding ingredients)

1. Boil Tofu with a pinch of salt, turn the heat off and leave it.


2. Pour cooking oil onto another fry-pan, fry the minced meat until it turns brown.


3. Add spices [A] and cook until oil turns red (color from spices).


4. Pour chicken broth and cook again until it starts boiling.


5. Add the tofu from the other pan and cook it for a few minutes. Keep stirring not to let it burn. Now pour soy sauce, cooking sake, and a pinch of salt and pepper.


6. Pour potato starch-water mixture little by little twice or three times to make it thick (keep stirring and cook well). Sprinkle little cooking oil and done!


Tada! Looks goody huh? Some Sichuan pepper would give it extra spiciness as well (it’s like Japanese pepper, sansyo).



How was it? It goes great with rice or noodles. Please try it!

See you around!

Quick Roast Beef Recipe

Quick Roast Beef Recipe

Previously I’ve shared a recipe of roast beef by rice cooker. However, I’ve learnt another easy recipe that doesn’t require a rice cooker, so I thought I should share it with you. All the work you do takes less than 20 minutes. Sounds good, right?

Quick Roast Beef Recipe


– a beef block (500 g)
– salt and pepper (a small amount)


1. Preparation

Sprinkle salt and pepper over meat. It should be a bit more than you think it should be. Now rub and spread it by hand.


2. Cook Meat

Heat the fry-pan up, pour some cooking oil, and cook the meat for 2 minutes (EACH SIDE). So if a meat block is cubical, that should take for 12 minutes in total (2 minutes * 6 sides).


3. Cool It Down

Take the meat out from the fry-pan. Now wrap it by double-layered kitchen papers, tin foil, and saran wrap (wrap in order). No need to wipe it before wrapping, some “burned” part will be taken off along with the kitchen paper when you unwrap it later. Keep it in freezer for minimum of 60 minutes. Remaining heat will cook inside and also the cold from freezer helps keeping juice from meat inside it.


Slice and Done!

After 60 minutes. Alright, take the meat out from freezer and slice it up. Tada. Looks goody, doesn’t it? I like meaty-thick slices! Yummer!



Extra: Special Sauce


–  100 ml of water
– 2 tbsps of sugar
– 3 tbsps of mentsuyu
– 2 tbsps of mirin
– pepper
– 2 tbsps of grated garlic
– 1 tbsps of wasabi

Cook the ingredients EXCEPT wasabi for a minute in the same fry-pan you used for cooking beef. Blend umami oil from beef well. Turn the gas stove off and add wasabi.



How do you find it? Roast beef isn’t just for the holidays. Why don’t you try it for a little gorgeous dinner this weekend?

See you around!