Mapo Tofu

SIMPLE MENU FOR 10 and 30 PEOPLE
“Mapa Tofu”
Main Dish
Salad
Side
Soup
Sauce
Menu
(Estimate for  10 and 30 people)
Mapa Tofu
N/A
Green Beans
N/A
N/A
SHOPPING LIST for Mapa Tofu
Items
Store
1 order has
Quantity for 30 people
Quantity for 10 people
Notes
Lean ground pork
Asian Market

1.5 pounds
0.5 pounds

Ginger powder
Safeway
1/2 small bottle
1/6 small bottle

Chicken Broth (large can)
Costco

3 cans
1 can
40 cans for 40 servings was too much. Try to find "SWANSON" brand (or other American brand)
Corn starch
Asian Market
< 3/4 box
¼ box
- pulmulone brand "chigae yong" tofu ("soft tofu" - but it's firm)
- OR other brand (FIRM tofu)
Asian Market
8.5 boxes
3 boxes
Estimate 3.5 persons/box
Oyster Flavored Sauce
Asian Market
1.5 bottles
0.5 bottle
2 bottles was too much for 40 servings
Ground Fresh Chili Paste (Sambal Oelek brand) - 18-19 OZ. jar
OR Lee Keum Kee's Chili Garlic Sauce - 13 OZ.
Asian Market
1 bottle
1/3 bottle
I prefer the fresh chili paste
Green onions
Asian Market
1.5 bundles
0.5 bundles

Fresh garlic
Asian Market
10.5 cloves
3.5 cloves
Buy already-peeled ones, in package
SHOPPING LIST for Green Beans
Items
Store
1 order has
Quantity for 30 people
Quantity for 10 people
Notes
French green beans
Trader Joes or Costco

5 from Trader Joes
2 from Trader Joes
1 bag from Trader Joes = 6 servings.  1 bag from Costco = 12 servings
Fresh garlic
Asian Market
 12 cloves
4 cloves
Buy already-peeled ones, in package
Oyster flavored sauce
Asian Market
2 bottles
1 bottle
Try Lee-Kum-Kee brand
Clear Chinese rice cooking wine
Asian Market
1 bottle
1/3 bottle
1 bag from Trader Joes = 6 servings.  1 bag from Costco = 12 servings
RECIPE  for Mapa Tofu (for 30 servings)
INGREDIENTS
Garlic
Green onions
Tofu
Ground pork
Salt
Pepper
Ginger powder
Chicken broth
Fresh chili paste
Oyster flavored sauce
Sugar
Corn starch
COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
Prep Work
  1. Mince garlic (10.5 cloves)
  2. Finely dice green onions (1.5 bundles)
  3. Cut tofu into bite size cubes (size of sugar cubes) and drain water
  1. Stir fry the pork with 6 cloves of minced garlic, salt, pepper, & ginger powder.
  2. Season to taste.
  3. Drain the fat (if the meat is lean, there is not much to drain)
  1. *Start the first batch with 2 1/2 boxes of tofu to get a feel of this dish
  2. Use non-stick wok or non-stick pot; put on high heat
  3. Pour 1 can of chicken broth (49.5 oz) and heat until it boils
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh chili paste
  5. Add 2 cloves of minced garlic
  6. Add 1/4 of the cooked pork) into the chicken broth
  7. Add 4 oz of oyster flavored sauce (1/2 cup)
  8. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar
  9. Stir as it comes to boil
  10. TASTE:  based on its taste add more oyster flavored sauce or sugar or chili paste
  11. Add corn starch mixed with water:  start with 2 tablespoons of starch mixed with 4 oz of water
  12. Keep on stirring:  this is very important that it doesn't get lumpy
  13. If it doesn't thicken enough, add another mixture of corn starch and water
  14. When it comes to a boil, taste again.  Cooking is all about tasting with your eyes and your mouth
  15. When the sauce thickens and boils, add the drained tofu
  16. Fold the tofu into the sauce in big strokes (meaning do not rapidly stir or the tofu will far apart)
  17. Cook on medium heat until it is boiling and the tofu tastes piping hot.  As you are cooking, keep on folding so that it doesn't stick but don't break the tofu!)
  18. Serve the tofu with minced green onions sprinkled on the top as garnish.
*When reheating, you can microwave on the serving dish and then sprinkle the green onions right before serving.
 RECIPE  for Green Beans(for 30 servings)

INGREDIENTS
French green beans
Fresh garlic
Oyster flavored sauce
Clear Chinese rice cooking wine
COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
*Cook 2 Trader Joe bags (or 1 Costco bag) at a time
  1. Turn on stove and add 2 tablespoon of oil to frying pan
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of minced garlic and 2 tablespoon of Chinese rice cooking wine
  3. When the garlic is cooked, add 2 bags of Trader Joes frozen green beans (or 1 bag Costco fresh green beans)
  4. Add 4 tablespoons of oyster sauce and sprinkle some pepper
  5. Continue to stir until it looks fully heated; taste.
  6. If it not seasoned enough, add more oyster sauce
  7. It is ready to serve when it tastes piping hot

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