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Spicy Beef And Tofu Rice Bowl (Mabo Don)

Spicy Beef And Tofu Rice Bowl (Mabo Don)

  • serves 4
  • 15 minutes

Mabo Don belongs to the donburi family, donburi being a type of dish consisting of a bowl of rice with various toppings. Spicy minced beef and tofu tops the rice this time, an adaptation of the Chinese dish ‘Mabo’ originating from the Sichuan province, world famous for its hot and spicy cuisine.

Our Spicy Beef & Tofu Rice Bowl recipe (aka Mabo Don) is therefore perfect for those who like their food with a bit of a kick. A delicious mix of beef and tofu in a spicy chilli, garlic, ginger and oyster stir-fry sauce; served with fluffy, fresh-tasting Japanese rice the fire of this dish is wonderfully matched.


• 100g Minced Beef
• 1 packet Mabo Tofu Stir-Fry Sauce
• 1 packet Firm Tofu
• 4 Spring Onions
• 1 tsp La-Yu Chilli Oil (optional)
• 600g Rice

Suggested drink: Kirin Ichiban Shibori Beer

How To Prepare

  1. Of course to make the base of your donburi you’re going to need some cooked Japanese rice. Just follow our online recipe to get this basic ingredient spot on.

  2. Now the rice is cooking let’s prepare our mabo tofu topping! You should start by first cutting your tofu into bite-size cubes. Then, grab a pan and cook your minced beef with a tablespoon of vegetable oil.

  3. Once your meat has browned, remove the excess oil from the pan and add the Mabo Tofu Stir-Fry Sauce. Let the mix simmer for a few minutes until you can see the sauce lightly bubbling away. You can then add the La-Yu Chilli Oil if you want an extra fiery kick.

  4. Finally, add the tofu cubes and stir gently into the sauce. Let it simmer for a few minutes before taking off the heat and pouring equally over your bowls of freshly steamed rice. Lastly, sprinkle one finely sliced spring onion on the top of each bowl to serve. As refreshment, we suggest a cold Kirin Shibori Beer just in case you need to extinguish some of that heat.

Tips and Information

• If you are not using the mabo tofu stir-fry sauce recommended, please make sure to refer to the directions on your packet, or on the product’s page on our website.
• Each mabo tofu stir-fry sauce has a different degree of spiciness, try to find the one that’s best for you!
• You can also use minced pork or chicken (or no meat at all!) In that case you can replace it with Shiitake mushrooms, aubergine or other vegetables of your choice.