I had convinced my self that I don't like tofu, never would, period. But the more I thought about Ma Po dofu, the less convinced did I become and more curious and I started to eat a bit of the tofu that comes in the Hot and Sour soups at my favorite Sichuan restaurants. It was worth a try, so on a recent visit to Sechuan Garden in Medford I took a gamble and ordered it and it was delicious! Bowled me over! It was medium spicy and served with meat and had a good Mala.
Next of was Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica, who I had high hopes for. No meat and very very mild, not very exiting at all. The leftovers extruded a lot of water.
Lunch at Sichuan Garden II in Woburn yielded a very tasty version even if it was meatless and had little Mala. Next time I try it spicier, this one has great potential.
Next was Fuloon in Malden, no meat but super tasty, it helped that they had ground Sichuan peppecorns sprinkled on top. NO heat and little Mala, again great potential.
Off to Formosa Tapei in Lexington for a takeout. This was more like Ma Po soup, no meat, some heat and the more I did eat the more watery it become. No Mala.
Lastly was Sechuan Chef in Chelmsford, Wayne is an old friend, I used to eat here a lot when working in Nashua. Ma Po is not on the lunch menu and he has two version, one meatless and one with meat and that was what I ordered. This was excellent, good spiciness, really good Mala, nice consistency on the sauce and a humongous portion for $8.99. I think this was the winner but I got it spiced appropriate for me and have to retry the places that was low on heat and Mala to make it fair. All of the above was off the lunch menus, except Sichuan Chef.
502 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA 01821
Sichuan Garden II
2 Alfred St, Woburn, MA 01801