It's Halloween, which means time for dressing up in a costume. Like people, food can come in disguises, and these tofu nuggets do just that. They might look like chicken nuggets, but they're actually made out of tofu.
Tofu is very important source of protein for vegetarians, and the complete protein from it can be compared with the ones from animals. But packaged tofu snacks are often very spicy and greasy, or they are flavored with meat juice, or they contain MSG. If you haven't eaten MSG for a long time, you probably are more used to the original flavor of the food. Even the amount of MSG is half of the "normal" portion, you might feel umcomfortable after eating it. So I think, it's better to make them myself.
340g white extra firm tofu (about 4 pieces), cubed
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp wheat germ
1 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1. Preheat the oven to 200 C.
2. Sprinkle the olive oil over the tofu cubes, and toss them well in the salad bowl.
3. Mix wheat germ, flour and salt in another bowl and sprinkle it evenly into the salad bowl.
4. Cover the salad bowl and shake well to coat the tofu with flour and wheat germ mixture.
5. Bake for 10 mins, stir, and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Then it's time for your creativity. You could use anything as dip: spicy sauce, sweet noodle sauce, BBQ sauce, salad dressing, mustard, etc. I had planned to make a Japanese teriyaki sauce, but I was too lazy to do that, so I used ketchup, haha.
Tip: if you don't have an oven, you can also cook them in a non-stick pan.
Sichuanese native and Chengdu resident Annie blogs about her adventures in cooking vegetarian meals, adapting recipes from around the world. Recently she has translated some of her favorite posts into English for GoChengdoo readers to enjoy. The original, Chinese-language version of this post can be viewed here. Photo by Annie Chen.
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