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Traditional Chinese comfort food Mapo Tofu made easy. This gluten-free dish is made with 5-min homemade hot chili oil and pepper solids and simmered in beef broth or a hearty homemade bone broth.
1. Boiling tofu in salted water will make the tofu strong and not easy to break.
2. Browning meat over medium heat allows the meat to be broken into smaller pieces, which is preferred in this dish. If you use high heat, meat will easily turn into bigger chunks.
3. If you don’t have Sichuan numbing pepper, you can still make this recipe with ground black pepper. But the result is going to be less ideal.
4. For finely ground Sichuan numbing pepper, toast the peppercorns over medium heat until fragrant, then process them in a food processor.