Joe Ricchio shows us how to cook a meal that will impress your valentine without emptying your pockets.
(NEWS CENTER) -- Cooking a homemade meal for your loved one is something that never goes out of style.
Joe Ricchio of Food Coma TV visited the studio to show us how he cooks up mapo doufu, a traditional heart-healthy Chinese dish, that is sure to impress your valentine and win their heart.
Ricchio was joined by Joel Beauchamp of Food Coma TV to talk about the upcoming season of their web series, and highlight some of the successes of season one. On Monday, a season one recap will be posted on Food Coma's website and Facebook page.
Here's Joe's recipe:
1/4 Cup Peanut Oil
3 tsp Grated Ginger
2 tsp Minced Garlic
3/4 pound Ground Pork
1 Block Fresh, Firm Tofu
2 Tbl Sambal Oelek Chili Paste
2 handfuls finely chopped scallions
1 Tbl Shaoxing Cooking Wine or Dry Sherry
2 1/2 tsp Chinese Rice Vinegar
1 Tbl Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tsp Light Soy Sauce
2 1/2 tsp Black Soy Sauce
1/4 Cup Ketchup
2 1/2 Tbl Corn Starch
1 Tbl Toasted Sesame Oil
small pinch ground white pepper
1 1/3 Cup Chicken Stock, Preferably Homemade
In a wok, combine the ginger, garlic, and peanut oil. Add the pork and tofu and cook until brown. Add the chili paste. Combine all of the ingredients to make the sauce, then add that to the wok.
The entire cooking time should be 10-15 minutes. (Yes, it's that simple and easy. Enjoy!)