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Ma Po Tofu with Crab at China Village [Albany]

lintygmom Jan 12, 2008 02:55 PM

Had this yesterday. It was incredibly delicious with an amazing amount of crab from one plucked fresh from the tank, the silkiest tofu I'd ever had, wide slices of ginger and scallions and, of course, lots of spice. At $24.95 it served us as a main dish for lunch and then for my dinner that night, my breakfast the next morning and also for lunch. In addition to the crab we had pork dumplings in homemade spicy sauce, xao long bao (which are always delicate, so delicate that I can't taste much when they come with the spicy items. But my daughter loves them) and spicy tan tan noodle soup, which has sauteed crumbled pork on top, a few bok choy, and dark and complex spicy/sesame broth.

If you're a crab + spice lover, get there while they still have this dish!

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    EileenPearl RE: lintygmom Jan 12, 2008 04:47 PM

    Ma po tofu and crab (separately) are two of my husband's favorites. I will certainly order this dish tomorrow and then smuggle the leftovers to him in the hospital!

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      lintygmom RE: EileenPearl Jan 13, 2008 06:14 PM

      Did you get it? Bring it to the hospital? I kind of worried about someone lying in bed and eating that messy, firey stuff.

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        EileenPearl RE: lintygmom Jan 14, 2008 12:17 PM

        No, I chickened out. I was worried it might be too aromatic and yes, messy, as you suggest. I imagined nurses rushing into the room and scolding me. So we will have to save this treat for a homecoming celebration, and eat it properly, at China Village!

    2. rworange RE: lintygmom Jan 14, 2008 11:42 AM

      Thanks for the heads up

      China Village
      1335 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

      1. Melanie Wong RE: lintygmom Aug 20, 2008 04:37 PM

        I'll just tack on here for the archives when crab season starts up again in a few months.

        Here's a photo of the ma po tofu crab from my birthday dinner with family in April,

        I'd been lusting after this since first hearing about it at the November chowdown. And lust-worthy it is. The seasonings are ratched back a bit from what i'd expect in traditional mapo dofu to harmonize better with the crab's delicacy. This was a big specimen, at least two pounds, and maybe 2.5 lbs, with lots of sweet, tender flesh.

        The night's other big hit was the Dong Po duck,
        When I said to Mr. Yao that I was looking forward to trying it for the first time, he corrected me, insisting that I'd had it before. At home later I discovered that I had indeed tried this braised wonder and posted on it here, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4396... . A little scary that he's keeping closer track of my likes and dislikes than I am!

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