Vegan Mapo Tofu is a vegan version of the signature Sichuan dish. It has a numbing, spicy flavor that is perfectly balanced with sauteéd mushrooms and soft tofu cubes. The ultimate comfort food for chilly winter days.
What is Mapo Tofu?
Mapo Tofu is an iconic Chinese dish from the Sichuan province. The traditional recipe uses soft tofu and ground pork, mixed with spicy, numbing flavors of the spicy bean sauce (Doubanjiang) and Sichuan peppercorns.
This recipe attempts to make a plant-based version of Mapo Tofu, while still maintaining the authentic flavors of the dish.
Why you'll love Vegan Mapo Tofu recipe
This recipe uses mushrooms in place of traditional ground pork. I use cremini mushrooms, but shiitake would also work well.
- To make the ground Sichuan peppercorns, you can buy the pre-ground peppercorns or grind the peppercorns with a mortar and pestle.
With this adaptation, this recipe is:
- Plant-based yet flavorful and scrumptious
- Easy to make
- Can be made in 30 minutes, making it the perfect weekday meal!
- Warm and comforting: this is one of my ultimate comfort meals for winter days.