Mapo Tofu recipe that tastes like the boxed stuff?
I know there are many recipes for Mapo Tofu out there. But I'm looking for a recipe that tastes like the sauce mix that comes in a foil pouch inside a thin box. Don't know how "authentic" it is, but it's what my mother likes. I believe the brand is "House" and it comes in mild, medium hot, and hot. None of them are actually very spicy, and I don't detect any hint of Szechuan peppercorns. Does anyone have a recipe like this?
It sounds like your best bet will be to make a Japanese-style version of mapo tofu. Here are a couple of recipes that look like they might fit the bill. http://norecipes.com/blog/mapo-tofu-recipe/ or http://www.japanfoodaddict.com/pork/m... I have not tried either version myself (even though we are of Japanese descent, my family prefers the spicy Szechuan style). If you try either of these, please report back.