Easy Mapo Tofu, Hash Browns and Eggs

Jonny Stewart
by Jonny Stewart
4 Portions
45 min

I've always been a bit fascinated by tofu. I always thought of it as this exotic ingredient that was either just for vegetarians or was for far east cooking. I didn't really understand just how versatile and amazing a material it can be. I also love spicy food, the spicier it is, the better as far as I'm concerned. However it's also got to have a big hit of flavour and that's where mapo tofu was suggested to me. It's a wonderfully tasty spicy dish and I thought it would be perfect for a brunch dish. It hit me like a tonne of bricks, make it into a tasty meal with hash browns and an egg. And thus, it was born! My version, not authentic but tasty

Easy Mapo Tofu, Hash Browns and Eggs
Recipe details
  • 4  Portions
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 45 min
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Mapo tofu
  • 450g Tofu (firm)
  • 1 tablespoon (heaped) Gochujang
  • 250ml Veg stock
  • 10g Gochugaru
  • 15ml Fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Cornflour
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 100ml Blackbean sauce
  • 5 spring onions
Hash brown
  • 2 potatoes, Maris Piper recommended.
  • Knob of butter
Fried eggs
  • 4 eggs
  • 50g lard
For the tofu
Heat oil in a wok, get it smoking hot and add garlic and keep moving, add spring onions until fragrant then add tofu and allow to brown.
Once brown add gochujang until fragrant and stir to coat tofu.
Add everything else except cornflour. And bring to low simmer
Mix cornflour and water into paste and then add once tofu is simmering.
Leave to one side until hash browns made
Hash browns
Peel and grate potatoes on a box grater
Add butter to pan and leave to foam
Place potatoes to pan and flatten
Do not touch until you see browning at the edges and then flip
Allow to crisp on both sides
Cut into 4 quarters and place onto plates
Heat lard in shallow skillet
Add eggs individually and cook until firm whites but soft yolks
Place hash brown quarter onto plate
Add quarter of mapo tofu mixture
Place fried egg on top
  • You can remove fish sauce and eggs to turn into vegan meal
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