Ingredients

  • ½ cup oil (divided)
  • 1-2 fresh Thai bird chili peppers (thinly sliced)
  • 6-8 dried red chilies (roughly chopped)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns (powdered or coarsely ground to taste, plus 1/4 teaspoon for garnish at the end)
  • 3 tablespoons ginger (finely minced)
  • 3 tablespoons garlic (finely minced)
  • 8 ounces ground pork (225g)
  • 1-2 tablespoons spicy bean sauce (depending on your desired salt/spice levels)
  • 2/3 cup low sodium chicken broth (or water)
  • 1 pound silken tofu (450g, cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 scallion (finely chopped)