My Favourite Curry Recipe – Mapo Tofu Curry

The prompt for today’s Blogtober post is Vindaloo or Korma? Well, I’m from Birmingham the home of the Balti! We don’t have Indian curry very often though, it’s usually the Chinese restaurant we get our take away’s from. If I eat out I love to go to a Japanese restaurant and have my favourite Chicken Katsu Curry, but if we are making a curry at home then my favourite has to be Mapo Tofu Curry.

Mapo Tofu Curry

What is Mapo Tofu Curry? Well, it’s a Chinese dish that is very popular in Japan. It’s made from pork mince and tofu and is very spicy, but very tasty.

If you want to try something new here is the recipe. The photo isn’t mine though (Despite having the dish for dinner many times, I’ve not actually ever taken a photo of it!)


  • 500g minced pork
  • 350g firm tofu
  • 250 ml of chicken stock
  • 1 tbs Red Miso paste
  • 1 tbs Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tsp of harissa paste
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 spring onions, chopped
  • boiled rice to serve


Prepare the sauce by mixing the cornflour soy sauce, harissa paste, oyster sauce, miso paste, chicken stock in a bowl.

Prepare the tofu by slicing into 1 inch squares

put the sesame oil in the pan and gently fry the garlic and ginger for about 1 minute then add the mince, stirring until brown.

Add the sauce and mix well, bringing to the boil. 

Turn down the heat and add the tofu, stirring gently to coat without breaking it up.

Serve with boiled rice and sprinkle with the spring onion pieces.

 a plate of mapo tofu, a reddish brown minced pork curry with cubes of tofu and decorated with spring onions.
Mapo Tofu

So if you ever fancy something a little different then why not give this a go. It really is easy to make and takes about 1/2 hour including preparation. I buy all the ingredients from Sainsbury’s and they are slightly different from the original recipe because we adapted it ourselves. 

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  1. October 22, 2018 / 11:34 am

    Ohh! This sounds so good. I might have to give it a try.

  2. October 22, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Sounds yummy! pinned and shared. #MMBC

  3. October 22, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    I love curry but have never really thought about making my own. This recipe sounds really easy, thank you for sharing it :o)


  4. October 22, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    Was actually looking for a new curry recipe to try this National Curry Week so thanks for this one #MMBC

  5. October 22, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    This looks so delicious – and yes as Kate says, it’s always good to try new recipes, especially as it is National Curry Week x #MixItUp

  6. October 23, 2018 / 9:34 am

    I’d never heard of this type of curry before. It looks lovely. Where would you rate it on the spiciness scale?

    • October 23, 2018 / 10:00 am

      Hi Maria, this curry is supposed to be really spicy. Our version is slightly less spicy. You can make it more or less spicy by adjusting the amount of harissa paste. However, it’s not the kind of real hot spicy like a vindaloo.

  7. October 24, 2018 / 2:33 am

    Looks delicious! I’m not supposed to eat tofu and wonder if I can substitute.

    • October 24, 2018 / 9:39 am

      I don’t think there is a substitute for tofu, but I suppose small whole mushrooms would work.

  8. October 27, 2018 / 8:07 am

    This looks really tasty Anne! I’ve never tried it before so I think I will have a go at this.

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. Have a lovely weekend. x

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