To start with In the last 30 years I have never ordered anything but Mapo Tofu at Hsin Restaurant [formerly Fortuna Court]…30 years ago I used to go there for oyster omelette and I’m not even sure if it remains on their menu. But, in later years after having worked in China on numerous occasions I have only ever ordered Mapo Tofu.
When working in Shanghai there were two breakfasts, really early lunches that I went mad for. Fried rice with a fried egg and chilli relish and Mapo Tofu. To be fair until having worked in China tofu was not on my list of favoured ingredients. In Shanghai I learned to love tofu in all forms except the stinky black fermented tofu that smells and tastes like rotten eggs and makes me gag.