Mapo Tofu

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What does Mapo really mean?

Oh you had Mapo Tofu, so do you know what Mapo really means?

Right answer: An old woman whose face is pockmarked. Did you get it right? lol

What makes Mapo taste so special?

Two things. Szechuan Pepper and bean source

How does Szechuan Pepper taste?

Sichuan pepper has a unique aroma and flavour that is not hot or pungent like black, white or chili peppers. Instead, it has slight lemony overtones and creates a tingly numbness in the mouth (caused by its 3% of hydroxy alpha sanshool) that sets the stage for hot spices

szechuan_pepper

The soul of Szechuan Food?

Doubanjiang is a spicy, salty paste made from fermented broad beans, soybeans, salt, rice, and various spices. Doubanjiang exists in plain and spicy versions, with the latter containing red chili peppers and called la doubanjiang (辣豆瓣酱; pinyin: là dòubànjiàng; meaning “hot” or “spicy”).

doubanjiang

What’s the top Szechuan restaurant in the city?

Check out Hot Kitchen in east village. My favorite spot in the city

hot kitchen

 

 

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