I'm making Mabo (mapo) Tofu this Thursday for a group of ~12-15 adults and about 3-6 kids. I have made it before, but for two people. I enjoy using the cheat House Foods Mabo Tofu sauce, I will use the mild version to better suit most tastes.
I plan on bringing my rice cooker and having rice to help make it more filling.
Here's my question, what side dishes go with this?? Some people will bring a salad (plain tossed), rolls, drinks and dessert. One person is bringing a side and asked for a suggestion, but as this is my main dish, I have no idea what to suggest as a side.
I know it may seem an odd choice to make mabo tofu, but I'm familiar with Asian cooking and this dish is cheap to make. Usually people make lasagna, casseroles, soups, tamales, that kind of easy cheap fair that cooks in the oven, slow cooker, or the like. I'm bored of that so making this, and I will make it ahead of time and simple reheat it covered in the oven there.
Anyway, please help think of good side dishes that would go well and can be prepared by someone not real familiar with Asian cuisine. Doesn't have to even be asian if it goes well... Thanks!