"Mapo" bean curd is perhaps one of the most typical of Chinese bean curd dishes and is hugely popular throughout the country.
The very best place to sample this spicy dish is in Grandma Chen's Bean Curd restaurant. This restaurant was established in 1842 and the owner wife, Grandma Chen, who created this dish, had a very marked face.
The Chinese word for this is "Ma", and "Po" is the name given to an old woman. Since then, this dish has gained popularity throughout the nation but maintained its original name. Soft bean curd is served with a very fiery meat sauce and this is a very spicy and hot dish, normally served coated with a thick layer of oil, minced beef and dry chilies.