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Mapo Tofu Recipe from #SteamyKitchen Healthy Asian Favorites

Jaden Hair, first “came into my life” in 2009 at the social media conference Social Fresh . My boyfriend at the time, now my husband, was representing an online course and she had stopped his table to get more information on SEO and building an online presence. She obivously made an impression, after the event he gave me her name and said I should look her up. A few months later, after I had moved to Florida, I went to my first networking event and it just so happened to be the book launch for her first book, 101 Asian Recipes Simple Enough for Tonight’s Dinner. Last year I attended TECH Munch Tampa and who was one of the speakers? You guessed it, Jaden.

Fast forward to today, a few books and websites later, Jaden has obviously figured out SEO among many other things related to building a fantastic business around her love of cooking. When Isabel, of Sunday Supper, offer an opportunity to make one of the recipes out if the new Steamy Kitchen Healthy Asian Favorites Cookbook, and the opportunity to give a book away to one if my followers, I jumped on it!

Jaden started Steamy Kitchen in 2007 and six years later, built herself an empire from her small blog that now employs her entire family. She currently has her own line of rice bran oil, branded woks, and a regular spot cooking on-air on Daytime.

Without further delay….here is her new book: Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites

Steamy Kitchen Healthy Asian Favorites Cookbook

Join the Sunday Supper Team along with Jaden Hair this Sunday at 7pm Eastern Time on twitter, just follow the #SundaySupper hashtag. We are giving away 20 copies of Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites Cookbook. You don’t want to miss this week’s #SundaySupper Event!

Twenty of our #SundaySupper Contributors have received Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites Cookbook and are excited to share recipes from this cookbook.




2 teaspoons cooking oil
1/2 onion, diced
1/4 pound ground turkey, lean beef, pork or mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 vegetable stock
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
14 ounces firm tofu, cubed
2 cups frozen peas and carrots
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 green onion, chopped
Hot chili sauce, such as sriracha

Heat a sauté pan or wok over medium-high heat. When hot, swirl in the oil, add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, until onion is softened and translucent. Add the meat and use your spatula to stir and break up.

When the meat begins to lose its pink color, add the garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute. Stir in the stock and oyster sauce and bring to a simmer. Add tofu and peas ans carrots. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the water and cornstarch. Stir this mixture into the pan nd let ooh for 2 minutes longer. Stir in the green onions and season with hot sauce, to taste. Serve immediately.


Disclosure Statement: I was provided with a copy of Steamy Kitchen’s healthy asian favorites for my review. All opinions are my own.

Reprinted with permission from Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites by Jaden Hair, copyright © 2013. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.



Here is how to enter to win. You must do both, #1 and #2, to have an eligible entry:

1. Tell me what your favorite Asian dish is in a comment below – AND – with your twitter handle in the comment. Comment must be posted by 8pm Eastern time today (Sunday, March 10, 2013).

2. Join in the conversation during the live #SundaySupper chat on twitter from 7 to 8pm Eastern Time today (Sunday, March 10, 2013). Your tweet(s) must contain the #SundaySupper hashtag.

The winner will be chosen randomly from the eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email. Note: Giveaway open for United States residents only. Contest ends on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 8pm Eastern Time.

Join the Sunday Supper Team along with Jaden Hair this Sunday at 7pm Eastern Time on twitter, just follow the #SundaySupper hashtag.  We are giving away 20 copies of Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites Cookbook.  You don’t want to miss this week’s #SundaySupper Event!

Here is the list of #SundaySupper Contributors who will be giving away a copy of Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites Cookbook and the recipes they will be sharing:

Tofu-Mushroom Miso Soup 

Crispy Rice Patties

Thai Larb Lettuce Chicken Cups

Miso Cod

Sake Steamed Mussels

Salmon Honey Teriyaki

Korean Beef Bites

Mapo Tofu

Mango Brulee

We are sharing more Steamy Kitchen inspired recipes. The following Sunday Supper Contributors are joining us with some of their favorite recipes from the Steamy Kitchen website:


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33 Responses to Mapo Tofu Recipe from #SteamyKitchen Healthy Asian Favorites

  1. Susan March 13, 2013 at 5:17 PM #

    I admit I’m not a big tofu person, but with everything else involved in this dish I think I can look past it.

    • An Appealing Plan March 18, 2013 at 2:56 PM #

      I think you could probably just use more meat or another protein. It was pretty tasty with no meat but I know there are many people who prefer it.

  2. Liz March 11, 2013 at 8:18 PM #

    You made tofu irresistible! Gorgeous photos!!!

  3. Sarah March 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM #

    The best thing I ever ate in China town was a schechwan style spicy mapo tofu! So good! Lovely dish!

  4. Arlene @FlourOnMyFace March 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM #

    Having never eaten tofu this is another recipe I am going to have to try. Beautiful photo!

  5. Kim Bee March 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM #

    Such a great recipe. Love this dish so much.

  6. Anne March 10, 2013 at 7:59 PM #

    My favorite Asian dish is fried rice. True!

  7. ashleysh22 March 10, 2013 at 7:55 PM #

    oh man i want this book! definately participating in the chat!

    • An Appealing Plan March 12, 2013 at 4:42 PM #

      HI Ashley ~ You WON the book!! CONGRATS!!

  8. Renee March 10, 2013 at 7:49 PM #

    Mapo doufu is actually one of my favorite asian dishes to make. However, I will say if you haven’t ever tried it with freshly ground szechuan pepper, you are missing the tingly tongue aspect that makes this dish so special. The combination of szechuan pepper, which is not hot but tingles, and the hot spicy pepper, which is very hot, is called lada in Mandarin. It is one of a kind experience! My twitter handle is MyKitchenandI and I blog about Asian foods all year long, so obviously would love to win a copy of this cookbook. 😉

    • An Appealing Plan March 10, 2013 at 7:58 PM #

      Good tip! I did find I needed to add a little heat & salt.

  9. Carol Yemola March 10, 2013 at 7:21 PM #

    My favorite Asian dish Chicken and Broccoli with Fried Rice. @CarolYemola

    • An Appealing Plan March 10, 2013 at 7:58 PM #

      Have you tried it with tofu??

  10. Donna March 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM #

    Looks wonderful, and I love the bowl. So yummy!

    • An Appealing Plan March 10, 2013 at 7:58 PM #

      I got the bowl special!!

  11. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts March 10, 2013 at 5:26 PM #

    So cool to look back and think you met her back then. She has come so far, and does such great things! I have never heard of mapo tofu before, but it sounds wonderful.

    • An Appealing Plan March 10, 2013 at 7:59 PM #

      Life sure has a funny way. The recipe was very good. Next time I will add a little more heat.

  12. Shannon March 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM #

    I love anything with tofu but my favorite go to Asian recipe is cold soba noodles served with wasabi and scallions! I am looking forward to #SundaySupper ! @frogger097

  13. Diana @GourmetDrizzles March 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM #

    What a nice story, and love how it all comes together! Beautiful presentation, and look forward to trying this recipe!!

    My fav. dish is Mongolian Beef and my Twitter is @GourmetDrizzles

  14. Melanie from Fast Food 2 Fresh Food March 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM #

    Okay– this looks so good. I’ve had Ma Pa Tofu before, but it was nothing like this. this looks so much better!!

    My favorite dish is Vegetarian Hot & Soup Soup, but after today I think I might have to try the tofu-mushroom miso… I just might have a new favorite! @FF2FFBlog

  15. Katie March 10, 2013 at 2:42 PM #

    Yummo! This recipe sounds like such a tasty one. I honestly think I could cook my way through Jaden’s entire book!

    • An Appealing Plan March 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM #

      This was a SUPER easy recipe to follow. WOrth a try for sure.

  16. Heather @girlichef March 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM #

    This looks delicious, and I cannot wait to give it a try!

  17. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom March 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM #

    Wow, that’s so cool that you have met Jaden. . you guys have history together! :) Yes, she has obviously figured out SEO among many other things . . haha! It’s so great to see someone become so successful from food blogging!

  18. Family Foodie March 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM #

    Jaden has been so much fun to get to know. She is amazing and I just adore this cookbook!

  19. Jen @JuanitasCocina March 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM #

    This seems so yummy! LOVE the flavors!

  20. Lane @ Supper for a Steal March 10, 2013 at 9:31 AM #

    I love that there is the option to make this vegetarian by using mushrooms instead of turkey. I think this is one I’m going to have to try soon.

    • An Appealing Plan March 10, 2013 at 8:01 PM #

      Yes- I made it with the mushrooms but could see how the meat would make a difference in the richness of the flavor.

  21. Renee March 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM #

    Jaden really has built herself a nice business and it all started with blogging. It’s wonderful how she supports bloggers and shares her knowledge to help new and seasoned bloggers grow.

  22. Hezzi-D March 10, 2013 at 8:43 AM #

    Even though this wasn’t my recipe I went ahead and made it last week. I really loved the flavor of the broth. Great bowl you have the dish in!

    • An Appealing Plan March 10, 2013 at 8:19 PM #

      I would make it again for sure. Probably add a little more heat and salt for my taste {and since I didn’t add meat} but VERY tasty.

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