Authentic Sichuan-Taiwanese Mapo Tofu, vegan-ized. It is spicy, numbing, pungent, and umami — easily the most hearty and fulfilling vegan dish I can think of.
Mapo Tofu (麻婆豆腐) is one of my favorite Sichuan-Taiwanese dishes. Growing up, I remember having (a non-vegan version of) this dish at every family gathering. This one, in particular, is a vegan version that I’ve tweaked to match the flavors that I picked up from those family gatherings.
An accompanying bowl of fluffy, freshly steamed rice is a must. Every time I make this dish, I’m always struck with regret because I hadn’t made more.