How To Eat Mapo Doufu
Mapo doufu is a great combination food – it is made of tofu which is set in a chilli and bean based sauce. Those who have eaten this dish, often talk about its oily and thin red suspension which makes the dish look very spicy and tempting.
Since I am a lover of Chinese cuisine, I normally check out Chinese dishes in every restaurant I visit to have food. It gives me great pleasure to taste, compare as well as analyze the taste and flavor of different delicacies offered in different places. Thus, when I tasted Mapo doufu I realized that this food can be eaten in many different ways.
Here are some of those ways and variations which you might like to experiment when you are eating mapo doufu.
• Toppings: This is one of the primary areas where you can bring in variations while you are eating. You can keep changing your toppings when you are having this dish. I have tried out beef, chopped pork, and minced meat – each of which imparts an amazing mouth-watering taste to the dish.
• Mapo doufu is a Sichuan dish and if you visit any restaurant which does not specialize in Sichuan delicacies, you will get an adulterated taste of the dish. In most cases the spices are toned down so that more people can eat it...specially those who dislike spicy food.
• Variations can be brought about in spices which are used. If you are really fond of very hot mapo doufu, you can eat the very hot and spicy version of this dish.
• If you taste eat mapo doufu in restaurants of other places such as Japan and Korea you will find that the dish is a local adaptation and includes many spices of the local region. You will get the local aroma and flavor in mapo doufu. This is what makes this dish special.
• If you eat, mapo doufu in American restaurants you will notice that meat is replaced with vegetables so that vegetarians too get to enjoy the taste of tofu with spices. Enjoy it in your favorite restaurant with your friends and family.
If you wish to eat mapo doufu in its original way, you can have it with noodles and soup. This can be eaten during lunch or for dinner. People who do not wish to have it with noodles, can eat it with steamed rice or bread as per choice.
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