Visiting China's Kitchen God + How To Make Mapo Tofu 麻婆豆腐 Recipe For Chinese Food Lovers

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    Chinese Food Cooking - How to Make Mapo Tofu - Chinese Food Tour in Sichuan Museum
    There’s a huge Chinese food museum about an hour outside of Chengdu in Pixian, the birthplace of Sichuan fermented bean paste (AKA doubanjiang). I came for a Chinese food tour and Chengdu museum tour to learn about some of the roots of Sichuan cuisine.
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    I met up with a local museum tour guide, Jen, who took me for a walk through all the interesting parts of the museum. In particular, the displays of the bean paste fermenting was really interesting!
    Afterwards, she brought me to the museums own cooking school and gave me a Chinese cooking class to learn how to make the recipes for 3 classic Chinese foods:
    1) How to Make Mapo Tofu
    1/2 block or 1 block Soft Tofu
    1/2 lb stir fried ground beef or pork
    2 Garlic Bolts, cut into 2 inch strips
    2 tablespoons Sichuan fermented broadbean paste, chopped fine
    1 Tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger and garlic
    1/2 Teaspoon to 1 teaspoon ground dried chilies
    5 or 6 Fermented Soy Beans, chopped
    Starch Mixed with water ( I usually add a couple spoons into a little bowl and add enough to the wok get the consistency right, you can follow as we do in this cooking video
    Cooking oil
    Soy Sauce
    1) Boil the cubed tofu in water for 20 seconds with about 2 teaspoons of salt and remove with water and set aside
    2) Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the wok, then turn down heat to medium. Add in 2 tablespoons (Sometimes I add less, it's quite salty) of Pixian Broadbean paste and fry until fragrant and rich red. Then add the fermented soy beans, ginger, garlic, ground chilies, and stir fry quickly.
    3) Pour in 3 small ladles of water as shown in video and 1 teaspoon soy sauce, stirring well. Put the drained tofu back into wok, and be gentle with the tofu.
    4) Add in 1 tablespoon of the starch water mixture. Let it boil quickly and mix through then add a second time.
    5) Add in the stir fried beef and garlic bolts, and as it boils again, add in the last bit of starchy water, making sure to remove all the starch that may have stuck to the bottom of the bowl.
    6) When it's nice anad thick, turn off the stove, plate, and add a little ground Sichuan peppercorn and serve!
    How To Make Kung Pao Chicken shown in this video:
    For the wok:
    2 boneless high quality chicken breasts
    20 grams of garlic and ginger (about 5 cloves and an equivalent amount of ginger)
    3 Chinese onions, chop about 30 grams worth
    20 kernels of Sichuan peppercorn
    Around 20 grams of chopped dried chilies, preferably Sichuan variety (at least 10 individual chilies, seeds removed)
    Roasted peanuts, the more the better, according to what you like

    For the marinade, he made it without giving exact amounts, but approximately use this:
    2 pinches of salt
    1 pinch of white pepper powder
    1 pinch of chicken bouillon powder
    ~1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
    ~1 tablespoon rice cooking wine, you can use Shoaxing rice wine or regular cooking wine. In chinese it's 料酒, liaojiu
    1 egg white
    1 large pinch of cornstarch

    For the sauce:
    5 grams salt, 1 teaspoon
    10 grams MSG, 2 teaspoons (OPTIONAL, not recommended)
    10 grams chicken bouillon powder, 2 teaspoons
    4 or 5 teaspoons of sugar
    10 or 20 ml black vinegar, depending on how sweet you like it
    1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
    Wet corn starch, 2 tablespoons, you can use cornstarch and water.
    and then add a little more water to the sauce

    My name is Trevor James and I'm a hungry traveler and Mandarin learner that's currently living in Chengdu, Szechuan, China, eating up as much delicious Chinese food as I can.

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Comments • 1 039

  • The Food Ranger
    The Food Ranger  2 years ago +336

    I just visited the huge food museum outside of Chengdu, China for a day trip and to visit the Kitchen God! It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy the video! I came here just for fun, no one paid me haha. I gotta upload more I really do I'm just deep in study for the last couple weeks and I'll be updating you guys with more cooking school vids soon! Hope you're doing well! And you can follow my Insta for photos of these food journeys!
    Thanks for watching!

    • Hunter D Vincent
      Hunter D Vincent Year ago

      @The Food Ranger - Hey Trevor are you still going to school? Really interested in seeing how youve progressed so far!

    • Antony Maina
      Antony Maina Year ago

      Kenya I will show you very well

    • Antony Maina
      Antony Maina Year ago

      The Food Ranger come to Africa bro

    • Thecoolbro88
      Thecoolbro88 Year ago

      Go to korea

    • Eric Pelky
      Eric Pelky Year ago

      The Food Ranger I really enjoyed this one. Thanks for posting.

  • 🏴‍☠️Sarah Gold

    Cool video. So much information. Love it. Ty

  • Chris Lamego
    Chris Lamego 2 months ago

    U can tell he thought this was whack 😂

  • Noel Majers
    Noel Majers 3 months ago

    "I myself was hoping to get my hands a little dirtier". Woah, easy tiger !

  • Minos
    Minos 3 months ago

    he chinese dog fucking food

  • Life Malatji
    Life Malatji 6 months ago

    I like your videos very much...I'm from South Africa I hope one day you'll visit


    She flirted so much

  • Clark Jones
    Clark Jones 6 months ago

    Thanks or making but couldn't understand some of what she was saying. I noticed you repeated occasionally which was helpful butt still an uphill battle!

  • Wolithung Kikon
    Wolithung Kikon 7 months ago

    I dunno why I watch your videos in the middle of the night.....

  • Stuart Jones
    Stuart Jones 8 months ago

    Fantastic work! Loving all of your vids. I need to come to China!,,,,,

  • Raj Kishore
    Raj Kishore 9 months ago

    Kitchen god vs thor let's go... Lol

  • El Capitano
    El Capitano 9 months ago

    No chuchu no love :(

  • Ranjana Satpute
    Ranjana Satpute 10 months ago

    This is all we want lots of lots of love and food yummy

  • Perfect Stranger
    Perfect Stranger 10 months ago

    Awesome..wish i cn go there too

  • Min Zhu
    Min Zhu 11 months ago

    You are true Food lover to go to a Chinese Culinary school!

  • almin
    almin 11 months ago

    fanny guy

  • Siba Purohit
    Siba Purohit 11 months ago

    Gr8 work.

  • Lawless
    Lawless Year ago

    Do they have security there, I don't want someone doing something to that paste

  • 劉美珠
    劉美珠 Year ago


  • LuQman Hakim
    LuQman Hakim Year ago

    Kitchen God? So wierd

  • Jean ou
    Jean ou Year ago


  • Shawn Chen
    Shawn Chen Year ago

    What a amazing video!!!

  • Tibly
    Tibly Year ago

    Trevor: heheheheeh, I want to sleep with your colleague, hehhehhehehe, very goood very good.
    Chinese women: NGO ta lauuu!!!!!!!!!!!! NGO lauu lauuu laiii!!!!

  • مريقة tv
    مريقة tv Year ago

    This is bullshit

  • krugerbud
    krugerbud Year ago

    They smashed

  • Fragmad123
    Fragmad123 Year ago

    What's the longest you can ferment for?
    - The longest we have here is 8 years.
    What is in the food?
    - Ingredients.
    Why can't chinese give proper answers?

  • eksine
    eksine Year ago

    Rookie master chef, lol , that's a contradiction

  • Darwish Salam
    Darwish Salam Year ago

    Trevor they love you in China.... you make me want to go there.

  • Perry George
    Perry George Year ago

    China is very good at providing circus performers for hire.

  • fffjkjk jkjkjk
    fffjkjk jkjkjk Year ago

    Traditional Chinese cuisine should be prepared in carbon steel or iron wok. Stainless steel does not retain enough heat to cook food.

  • Allen Albertson
    Allen Albertson Year ago

    I hope to get to visit China in the near future. I would love to spend several months there just to explore and get to know people.

  • Gazni Jan
    Gazni Jan Year ago

    if someone dont want to worship then.?


    great expectations---great show.

  • road runner bill
    road runner bill Year ago

    You're sooo faanny

  • Ian Grave
    Ian Grave Year ago

    I really enjoy watching ur vids.. Hope you have more successful travel food blogs in the future..

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  • Anita Prihatinningsih

    I can't stop watching all of your videos

  • Nick Molloy
    Nick Molloy Year ago

    I think this is the only Food Ranger video without the famous “Mmmmm, ooohhhh, oh yea....

  • wolfintn
    wolfintn Year ago

    Her English is pretty good!

  • george morris
    george morris Year ago

    i made pork dumplings with some Chinese girls this year was fun got to see it made and cooked we ate it was good.

  • Abdul Shakeel
    Abdul Shakeel Year ago

    You know I want to come here with you so much.

  • J Schultz
    J Schultz Year ago

    what kind of chilies did she say? 1:31

  • Cliff P
    Cliff P Year ago

    Stop with the Ok’s please. It’s a bad habit and it makes you look and sound like you can’t think of something else to say. Say nothing.... it’s ok.

  • Erik Peng
    Erik Peng Year ago

    I won't say that Douban Jiang(豆瓣酱) is also the 'Szechuan Sauce' in hottest tv show 'Rick and Morty', just with some sugar

  • Joseph Jong
    Joseph Jong Year ago

    Tai hou le

  • หีก็เลีย ทิ้งเฮียได้ไง

    I love how they pronounce lmao so fanny

  • Roving Punster
    Roving Punster Year ago

    Mapodoufu tonite, in honor of you Trev.

  • SavageArfad
    SavageArfad Year ago Gutter oil used in China, could make you violently sick and give you Cancer.

  • Sirppivasara
    Sirppivasara Year ago

    Trevor's panda was whispering "....kill me....", lmao

  • chen Lyu
    chen Lyu Year ago


  • MysticStylez69
    MysticStylez69 Year ago

    @7:54 Trevor just said yolo and burnt all his arm hairs

  • Vineesh krishnan
    Vineesh krishnan Year ago

    Love your videos. Your positive energy is marvelous. If I am depressed someday and then watch one of your videos, then I feel the world is not as bad as it seems. Thank you.

  • Radika Akbar
    Radika Akbar Year ago

    Oh my God, she's beautiful 💖💖💖💖💖

  • James Mthethwa
    James Mthethwa Year ago

    That Jen is too cuuuute!

  • Thomas Mark
    Thomas Mark Year ago +1

    You are doing a fantastic job and really getting into the Chinese culture. Your hands on experience in the kitchen shows that you are dedicated to your craft. I salute you as one of the best informed foodie in Asia and better than the other food show host that have made a ton of money on their food shows. Hope you keep up your humble food blogs and be discovered and make a lot of money along the way. You're so good that I have my 89 year old mother watching your blogs and being entertain. I've turn on many others to your blogs and they are all Asians that enjoy your spunk to get into the Chinese culture. Good job, thumbs up. Tommy x

  • Yingying Li
    Yingying Li Year ago

    This reminded me of my dad teaching me how to cook before I came to the us lol he would prepare everything and I just throw them to the pan and stir fry. When I actually came to cook by myself I realized that I didn't know how to prepare the food

  • pineapplespaceship

    well she wanted your panda dumpling ;)

  • regina kearns
    regina kearns Year ago

    hi trevor! i really like your videos and wish you much more success. can i post it on my fb page?

  • Krish Kannan
    Krish Kannan Year ago

    What the jeans u wear

  • Brian Cullimore
    Brian Cullimore Year ago

    MaPo Tofu... probably my favourite Chinese meal ever. Close runner ups are LanZhou NiuRouMian, Sichuan Hui Guo Rou, or a pack of Niu BanJin. Thanks for making these videos.

  • alexis galvagno
    alexis galvagno Year ago


  • Kratos
    Kratos Year ago +2

    I'm an Indian and I like china and chinese people, media can go to hell

  • Rhanchanal Hanchanal

    India food

  • majkel acar
    majkel acar Year ago

    Blasphemy! Just kidding, love your videos keep them coming, MmmMmmmm ;)!! May Jesus Christ our saviour be with all of you and the holy spirit dwell in you all! God bless you Trevor, AWESOME VIDEOS LOVE THEM!

  • Sherry Ehnes
    Sherry Ehnes Year ago

    Awesome Video James!

  • Gentle Man
    Gentle Man Year ago

    Bowing down to kitchen god was the worse thing to see. Seeing human worshipping idols feels so bad. Only the Most High The heavenly God needs to be worshipped alone.

  • Suman Paul
    Suman Paul Year ago

    Food is life

  • opium32
    opium32 Year ago

    Hi Trevor! Where abouts did you book your tour guide?

  • 高稼翔
    高稼翔 Year ago

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  • Khoo Junfei
    Khoo Junfei Year ago

    Try Cambodia food .

  • Lance Baker
    Lance Baker Year ago

    At 05:32, I'm a bit surprised to see ginger as an ingredient. To most Chinese, ginger is only for fish or pork.

  • Lance Baker
    Lance Baker Year ago

    At 05:32, very strange that the list of ingredients does not include any hua jiao (Sichuan pepper).

  • Lance Baker
    Lance Baker Year ago +1

    At 05:38, notice that meat (beef or pork) is often added to a tofu dish. Chinese don't think of tofu as a meat substitute. It's just another vegetable. Same for potatoes or corn, which do not take the place of "main food" (rice or wheat).

  • Lance Baker
    Lance Baker Year ago +1

    A Chinese man would not put his hand on the shoulder of a woman who is not his wife or other family member even for a photo. We should think about their levels of touching before we go to China. It is even more strict for most Hui women - a man should not even sit next to a Hui woman on a bus. Yes, people do it and there may be no rancor, but they still do not feel comfortable.

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  • nageen khaliq
    nageen khaliq Year ago

    why u don't come in Pakistan there are alots of food streets

  • Across theUniverse

    fun cooking experience and tour

  • Sundra Tanakoh
    Sundra Tanakoh Year ago

    Well sorta like a tourist trap but cool none the less.

  • David Walkenstein

    Oh Man!!! That Tofu you made looked amazing! I can't wait to see your dishes when your finish culinary school!

  • FoieGras
    FoieGras Year ago

    I love that you approach other cultures with such respect. You probably see a side to the culture that most people don't get to see because of it!

  • Georgie Draper
    Georgie Draper Year ago

    Love the food ranger what a guy so humble love watching you and your amazing adventures hope one day I can do that to stay safe and best wishes from Georgie draper 😊👍🏻👍🏻

  • paul Jackson
    paul Jackson Year ago

    Love you videos food and culture 👍

  • Cliff P
    Cliff P Year ago

    May I ask, did you want to wash the dishes also? I am not trying to be smart but funny no joke... I liked the video. And I agree with you.

  • Ace Kees
    Ace Kees Year ago

    5:16 a little dirtier

  • ColiRich
    ColiRich Year ago

    great video and food

  • Eric Chen
    Eric Chen Year ago

    As a Chinese, I am watching your video to learn how to make authentic Chinese dishes.

  • SahanTheMighty
    SahanTheMighty Year ago +1

    You are going to be on all of their marketing material for the next 100 years!

  • Ky Dinh
    Ky Dinh Year ago

    Sound is very low

  • Junho Lee
    Junho Lee Year ago

    good job!

  • Nami Teli
    Nami Teli Year ago

    Congratulations 🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈

  • Trina Faneva
    Trina Faneva Year ago

    discovered the food ranger by accident, now my family & i love watching you eat & yes! your chinese is did you food, love your show.

  • Utami Haris
    Utami Haris Year ago

    hi.. travor i'm from indonesia
    i like you.. because you are good personality.. smiling and laughing

  • VooDoo Babyz
    VooDoo Babyz Year ago


  • rsachount
    rsachount 2 years ago

    she sometimes sounds like a Dutch lady speaking English.

  • Sabina Agha
    Sabina Agha 2 years ago

    I know a lot of people that need that kitchen God haha!

  • Jeff Stumpf
    Jeff Stumpf 2 years ago

    I love cooking, and eating good food. I will not bow to some false God, no matter how much I respected another culture.

  • Grzegorz Durda
    Grzegorz Durda 2 years ago

    He becomes unwatchable quickly.

  • Martin Tovar
    Martin Tovar 2 years ago

    Hello from Texas... love the videos, they are informative, fun, beyond professional, and the biggest thing that impresses me about this guy, is his control of the language, WoW.

  • sreekanth venkata
    sreekanth venkata 2 years ago

    I watched your videos more than anyone in TVclip