In Mapo tofu with meat sauce, the meat substitute is NOT a substitute for meat. The meat sauce, unlike "fish flavour sauce" or "fish fragrance sauce", actually contains the substance for which it is named. As well as ginger, garlic, Szechuan pepper, hot bean paste (辣豆瓣酱 'laat dau baan jeung'), sugar, ricewine, and reduced chicken stock. Plus chili paste.
Beancurd wedges stuffed with fatty pork, garlic, shrimp paste, then dredged and deep fried, substituting tofu for a tortilla.
Tofu spaghetti sauce has ground beef and tomatoes in addition to the tofu.
See, it's that bad karma that makes it tasty.
At the restaurant where I worked three evenings a week we tried catering to the vegan lifestyle, offering tofu masala for several months. Nobody ordered it, because no one goes to a North Indian restaurant to eat that crap. We ended up throwing away the rest of the tub.
Some white people (vegans) should NEVER have been told about tofu.
General Tso's Tofu is an abomination.
At a Hunan restaurant to which the Parsee with whom I used to work and I sometimes go, one of the most delightful dishes is tender slabs of extremely fatty pork on top of tofu, with chilies and black bean sauce. The tofu gets drenched with hot meat juices and grease.
It is orgasmically delicious.
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