Dinner for under $15: Mao Poe tofu by Buddakan NYC's Lon Symensma


Tofu may be bland but it's a fantastically inexpensive way to get healthy protein into your family's diet. Lon Symensma, executive chef at Manhattan's chic Buddakan restaurant, has cooked up a way to spice up that white block of soybean that will knock your family's socks off. This dish, fragrant with garlic and ginger, serves up to 4.

Mao Poe Tofu
1 pack silken tofu
4 ounces bean sauce, preferably Koon Chun brand
2 ounces minced garlic
1 ounce minced ginger
2 1/2 ounces sherry vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
10 ounces ground pork, preferably pork butt
1 tablespoon sliced scallion
Salt for seasoning
5 thin slices of jalapeno pepper for garnish
1 teaspoon store bought fried onions for garnish