Appetite For China
Vegetarian Mapo Tofu
The Chinese dish of mapo tofu is usually one of the best examples of how Chinese cooks expertly weave tofu into dishes alongside meat, rather than replace it. So here, the tofu remains just as it would be in the usual ground-pork version of the dish, but the pork gets replaced with a beguiling savory sauce made with mushrooms; their umami goodness provides a more healthful spin on boosting the flavor of the sauce and tofu.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in January 2019, and updated in January 2021.