"Lai" Rice Balls, Ma Po Tofu or "Measled Woman" Bean Curd (Sichuan food)

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Mon Jun 7 05:34:40 UTC 2004

>...the excellent bean curd with spicy sauce ($7.25) is named after a woman
>with ''a spotty, pockmarked face.''
>Ma po tofu, bean curd with spicy minced pork and chili peppers ($8.25), is
>a classic Sichuan dish, invented, the guide explains, by an old woman with
>a face pockmarked by measles.

Folk etymology?

-- Doug Wilson

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