Ma Po Tofu

Ma Po Tofu

This is found in so many menus that it's easy to think of nothing else but spicy soft tofu. But the hallmark of this flagship Szechuan dish marks many of its compatriots in the cuisine: the citrusy fragrance of the Szechuan peppercorns, punctuated by the unmistakable prickly numbness that carries over throughout the meal, the bill, and the car ride home.

In Scarborough, especially in the Midland and Finch area, some of the oldest and most loved restaurants of the city have made their mark in our local cuisine as the peppercorns have marked our tongues. A long and well-established history of Szechuan chefs worked hard to recreate the spices of their province, adding to the mosaic that is Chinese food in the east end of Toronto. 

Ma Po Tofu

There are a great many ways to make this dish; the video above is simply one version. If you search YouTube, you may find several from which to choose.

Restaurants with ma po tofu

Asian Legend
place 4452 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.298.8081
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:30:00 to 23:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.90
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Bashu Sichuan Restaurant
place 4771 Steeles Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.335.0788
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:30:00 to 22:30:00
star_rate Rating: 3.50
China Cottage
place 80 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.445.6721
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:30:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.00
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China Gourmet King
place 4286 Kingston Road, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.282.8812
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:30:00 to 22:00:00
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Chung Moi Chinese
place 2412 Eglinton Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.755.5293
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.40
Congee Me
place 4419 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.427.5083
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:00:00 to 23:45:00
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Congee Queen
place 3850 Sheppard Avenue E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.321.8288
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:00:00 to Wednesday 00:00:00
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Eight Noodles
place 3309 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.490.1888
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:30:00 to Wednesday 02:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.80
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Frederick Restaurant
place 1920 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.439.9234
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.90
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Hakka Legend
place 2058 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.289.8885
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.90
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Jasmine Chinese Food
place 2900 Warden Ave, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.492.8833
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 21:00:00
Konner Chinese Restaurant
place 3250 Midland Ave, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.760.8818
Lin Garden
place 1806 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.491.8484
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:30:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.00
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Lucky Chinese Restaurant
place 2650 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.288.0383
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 12:00:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.80
Made In China
place 3280 Midland Ave, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.332.8807
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 07:00:00 to 22:30:00
star_rate Rating: 3.70
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Maple Yip Seafood Restaurant
place 4227 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.297.1438
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:30:00 to 23:00:00
Noodle Delight
place 2555 Victoria Park Ave, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.492.9734
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 22:00:00
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Royal Chinese Seafood
place 735 Middlefield Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.292.8888
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to 22:00:00
star_rate Rating: 4.00
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Sinopino Chinese Restaurant
place 4820 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.292.1616
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:00:00 to 22:00:00
Super Hakka Restaurant
place 1801 Lawrence Avenue E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.755.0855
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 11:00:00 to Wednesday 00:00:00
star_rate Rating: 3.80
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