1. My friend has a Thermomix and swears by it. I did go to a demonstration, before I discovered FIRE and home cooking. At the time, I decided against the Thermomix because part of what I hated doing was grocery shopping and meal planning. The Thermy couldn’t do that for me!

    Your dinners look amazing, and I’m off to find a Mapo Tofu recipe. Did I tell you that we cooked the Hamburg Curry? That is delicious, but deceptively filling. By the time I added rice, cheese, the burger and the curry with veggies, I overfilled our plates. This is a meal that could really be stretched in our house.

    • pia

      The Thermomix isn’t for everybody, I will admit. And yes, it certainly can’t do grocery shopping or meal planning! That would be amazing if it could, haha.

      Mapo Tofu is fairly easy –

      2-3 garlic cloves (diced)
      250 – 300g pork mince
      400 – 500g silken tofu (cubed)
      150g char choy (pickled vegs you can get canned from asian groceries – it’s also optional)
      3 tbsp chilli bean sauce (buy from asian grocer)
      1 heaped tsp cornflour
      75ml cold water
      300ml hot water
      spring onion (chopped into small pieces)

      1. Saute garlic with pork mince in oil till mostly cooked.
      2. Add char choy and fry till mince is completely cooked.
      3. Add chilli bean sauce (the brand matters! Not all taste good. Try this brand.) and saute for another 2 minutes.
      4. Add hot water. Mix cornflour with cold water to make a slurry and add to pan. Steam silken tofu on the side for 10 minutes. Simmer the mapo tofu in the pan while tofu is being steamed till it is a thick sauce.
      5. Garnish with spring onions and serve.

      I’m glad you tried the Hamburg curry! It is so, so easy to do and so easily stretched out. I love dinners like that.

  2. J @ Hey, It's Just Money!

    My mouth watered reading this post! Red lentil dhal is a staple in our house. Although we cook it a lot simpler: lentils, salt, turmeric powder, fried onions. You Sichuan Beef and Tofu looks delish!

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