Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Tofu Treats: Plant-Based & Vegetarian Delights

Tofu, an excellent plant-based protein source, caters to vegetarians, vegans, and non-vegetarians alike (Tofu Manchurian). While tofu itself may appear bland, its mild, neutral flavor is advantageous, allowing it to readily absorb diverse tastes (Tofu Bean Stir-Fry). This versatility makes it ideal for crafting various dishes, from spicy to savory, sweet, and sour - a palate cherished by a typical Malaysian like myself. Tofu is a household favorite (Tofu Scrambled Eggs), gracing our table at least twice a week with delightful dishes rolled out from my kitchen (Indian Tofu Curry).

Notably, 50% of these ingredients hail from Nava's Zen sustainable development organic urban gardening produce (Cultivating Green Living).

Now, let me introduce you to some delightful plant-based tofu dishes, vegetarian versions distinct from previous ones:

Thai Harmony Tofu 
Steam or microwave tofu briefly.Mix with chopped/sliced cucumber, tomato, chopped chilies, lime juice, Thai basil leaves, and salt. (Thai Basil Tofu)

 K-Pop Tofu Delight 
Steam or microwave tofu. 
Add crushed peanuts, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, chilies, salt, and cilantro. (Tofu Katsu).
Chinese Spice Sweet Symphony Tofu 
Lightly fry sliced tofu. 
Set aside.
Heat oil, sweat chopped shallots, then add chopped tomato, chili sauce, tomato sauce, a touch of soy sauce, salt, and spring onion. (Mapo Tofu & Chinese Tofu Soup)

Malay Achar Tofu
Slice tofu. 
Set aside. 
Heat oil, sweat chopped garlic, chopped shallots.
Add dried chili paste, chopped tomato, pour vinegar, add salt, and cook until you get a thick sauce/sambal.
Add tofu slices and cook to your preferred texture.

(Note: Adjust ingredients as per taste/liking)

Hope you sincerely try out these recipes and do share your experiences with us. Alternatively, feel free to share your own tofu recipes. Let's embark on a journey of culinary therapy together!


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