Serious Eats vegan mapo tofu. Mapo Tofu is one of the greatest dishes in the world, and it exists not only inspite of, but because of the fact that the ingredient options were so severely restricted when it was created in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province. Here's how to make a vegan version that is not only as good as, but may well be better than the real thing.\n
Mapo Tofu can be found in almost any Chinese restaurant around the world with hundreds of variations adapting the piquant original to suit local tastes. Marc Matsumoto of NoRecipes shares the story behind this dish on the Fresh Tastes blog.