If you’re not sure about how to cook tofu, give this recipe a try. These deep-fried snacks have a soft tofu centre and a crisp spicy crust. This recipe is vegan and comes with a handy video tutorial.
There are a lot of people that don’t like tofu. While I actually do like it, I can understand why people would be iffy about it. Tofu has an odd texture and if you don’t add flavour to it yourself, with seasoning or a marinade, it will taste very bland.
Originally, tofu is an Asian product. It’s made from soy milk, which is then coagulated to form curds. These curds are then pressed together to form soft white blocks of tofu. So, in a way, you could say tofu is a kind of soy milk cheese. Fresh tofu comes in different types, which mainly differ in texture. There are four, namely: extra firm, firm, medium and soft. The firmer types are best for cooking and frying, while the soft variety can even be a dessert.
As mentioned above, tofu by itself doesn’t really taste of anything. On the other hand, that blandness is also an asset. Because tofu is very good at soaking up every bit of flavour you add to it. Usually, when I prepare tofu, I add flavour by marinating it or putting it in a sauce of some kind. While this works very well, this time I wanted to do something different. When you cook tofu in a sauce, it inevitably becomes a bit soggy. So this time I decided to coat and deep-fry it to make it nice and crispy.
The snacks I ended up making, are a lot like chicken nuggets. Not because they contain chicken, obviously, but because of its crispy crust and soft interior. They also happen to be vegan, so pretty much everyone can give this recipe a try.