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Japanese-Style Mapo Tofu

Ingredients (Serves 4)
*2 blocks (about 700g) silken tofu
*200g ground pork and beef mixed
*1/4 Japanese leek
*1 knob ginger
*1 clove garlic
*2 to 3 red chili peppers, chopped
*2 tbsp vegetable oil
*1 1/2 cups / 300ml dashi stock
*4 to 5 tbsp soy sauce
*2 tbsp mirin sweet cooking sake
*1 tbsp sugar
*1-1 1/2 tbsp each of potato starch and water
*sesame oil
*Japanese sansho pepper

1 Wrap the tofu in a kitchen paper and let it stand to drain. Meanwhile, chop the Japanese leek, ginger and garlic finely.

2 Cut the tofu into 2cm square pieces and boil them in a salted hot water for 1 to 2 minutes, then drain.

3 Combine the dashi, soy sauce, mirin and sugar in a pan and bring it to a boil. Keep it warm until you use later.

4 Dissolve the potato starch in the water.

5 Heat a little oil in a frying pan and add the leek, ginger and garlic. When the aroma comes out, add the ground meat and fry..

6 Add the dashi mixture and when it comes to a boil, thicken the sauce with the potato starch mixture.

7 Add the tofu and mix lightly. Then add the chopped chili, sansho pepper and sesame oil.

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