Initially, this was intended to be mapo, and a nice recipe was selected, forever favorited, now, on a locked hard-disk since reclaimed by Dell. Oh well.
The hurried scurry for guidance landed on epicurious’ simple and highly rated version that contained just broth, soy sauce and bean paste. Whether poor taste or confusion, this combination is nothing similar to what we customarily consider mapo and seemed unpleasantly salty.
Significantly diluted and bolstered with agave, chili-garlic paste, ginger and a dash of sesame oil, the dish detoured delicious, whether mapo, or no, a delicious, simple sauce or marinade, for future reference.