Recipe: Chef Sam Leong's Spice of Life

Last updated: Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 2 min reading time

Recreate Guest Chef Sam Leong's Spice of Life, a mouth-numbing spicy tofu dish with assorted mushrooms and steamed rice.

Spice of Life

A tantalising, mouth-numbingly spicy mapo tofu dish over fragrant steamed rice, mixed with assorted mushrooms and topped with crispy beancurd skin

Nutritional Highlights

High in fibre that's equivalent to 2 small apples, this plant-based protein meal packs a mouth-watering collection of spices such as peppercorns and chilli to whet the appetite. Having enough fibre in one's diet also helps promote bowel health.

Mapo tofu dish

Recipe (for 10)

Main Ingredients
Tofu (white / diced) 3 pcs (300g/pc)
Shitake mushrooms (diced) 20 pcs (5g/pc)
Hon-shimeiji mushrooms (dark) 2 packs (150g/pack)
Hon-shimeiji mushrooms (white) 2 packs (150g/pack)
Garlic (minced) 2 tsp
Shallots (minced) 2 tsp
Steamed rice 1.8kg
Mapo Sauce
Vegetarian soup stock 1 litre
Mapo tofu sauce mix 1 pack
Oyster sauce 1 tbsp
Sugar 1 tbsp
Dark soy sauce A dash
Sichuan pepper oil A dash
Corn starch (solution) A dash
Spring onions (chopped) 1g
Coriander (chopped) 1g
Deep fried beancurd skin 'taukee' (piece) 3g

Mapo tofu recipe preparation


  1. Fry garlic and shallots with oil till fragrant. Add in hon-shimeji mushrooms.

  2. Add in vegetarian stock and bring to boil. Add mapo sauce, season to taste and thicken with corn starch solution.

  3. Dice shitake mushrooms and deep fry. Combine with steamed rice.

  4. Add in tofu, then drizzle over steamed fragrant riceand diced shitake mushrooms.

  5. Garnish with spring onion, coriander and deep fried 'tau kee' pieces.

Chef Sam Leong cooking

Chef Sam Leong's Spice of Life is one of the dishes from our special Guest Chef menu, prepared fresh each day by our culinary teams in Mount Elizabeth Hospitals and Gleneagles Hospital. It's been reviewed by our dietitians to ensure that it's as nutritious as it is tasty.

Have a question about how your food choices and diet can make a positive impact towards your health and wellness? Find out how our dietitians can help.

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