This dish is rich in heritage. Every sub-region of China makes it differently based on the availability of ingredients. Some omit the pork mince to make it vegan, some add different types of chillies and peppercorns. It is a paupers dish because it is so tasty that it makes rice really moreish and people would seldom require more dishes other than this.
This is a Taiwanese-style mapo tofu. It's the introductory version if you are not good with spice heat. Remember to have lots of rice on hand; it's rather delicious & you'll want more.
Make sure you've got all the ingredients prepped & ready before you start - you don't want to be burning your mince while you're stuck chopping.
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