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Feb 1, 2013 12:02 PM

Soy Kitchen brand - pre-packaged mapo tofu

Shaddup! Blasphemy, you say!

No, this stuff is actually really good when you need a quick fix. I got some in the tofu section at Kam Maan, near the barbecue meat area.

Its packaging is identical to regular tofu, i.e., a big brick in a white plastic container with peel-off top, so you may miss it easily. And when you open it, it looks exactly like a block of tofu. You wonder if there is some sort of "sauce packet". But on the bottom is a layer of peppery-red oily ground TVP "pork", and when you invert it, it looks like some kind of mapo flan. Fruit on the bottom.

But, yeah, this is some good shit, especially after you've been working at the hospital since 4:45am, and too lazy to go across the bridge to Thailand Cafe in Cambridge, that dreadful Thai place that sells delightful Sichuan food.

Only 360 cals for the entire package, too. Good food to have on hand.

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  1. Good to know. I regularly make double or even triple portions of the ma po recipe in Fuchsia Dunlop's Sichuan cookbook so there'll be plenty of leftovers for lunches -- I could eat a good ma po three or four times a week -- so I'll make a point to look for this at HKM.

    1. Wow. Will definitley be on the lookout for this.

      fwiw- J Kenji's recipe is easy and suberb

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      1. re: joth68

        Count on Prav for the sharp eye! If he says yes, it's a must try! I assume this is the South Bay Kan Man?

        Just looked at Kenji-san's recipe, mine is a bit different, I'm sorry if I posted it before, it's a favorite dish of mine as well.

        Since this post, I have added ginger and garlic, most definitely.

        Here are some photos of me making it:

        1. re: tatsu

          Sorry, I meant the Quincy Kam Man. Though, it might be at the South Bay one, too.

      2. One meal combination I could live on is tendon with chili vinaigrette followed by ma pa tofu.