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Meatless Monday with Crispy Chinese Vegan Tofu “Chicken” Balls

Welcome to the Miratel blog for another edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment.

We share a new recipe every Monday to help make going meat-free more accessible to the average person and to challenge the perception that veganism means eating salad, salad and more salad. In fact, veganism can even include eating take-away staples like today’s recipe for Crispy Chinese Tofu “Chicken” Balls, a delicious and kind alternative to the traditional Chinese menu item. Plus this recipe is from Vegan Dad so you know it’s going to be excellent like his Crispy Cajun Chickpea Cakes that have become one of my personal go-to favourites. If you are looking for a reliable vegan recipe source, look no further than Vegan Dad. Now onto the recipe…

Crispy Chinese Vegan Tofu “Chicken” Balls Ingredients (makes about 30)

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour

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    Image courtesy of Vegan Dad @ vegandad.blogspot.ca

  • 3 tbsp chickpea flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp plain soy milk
  • 1 tbsp finely ground flax seed
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • 1 pkg extra firm tofu, pressed for 20 mins
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp poultry spice (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • ground white pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp vital wheat gluten
  • oil for frying

Directions

  1. Heat your frying oil to 375 degrees.
  2. While oil is heating, make the batter by whisking together flours, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk flax seed and water together until thick, and then whisk flax mixture into the soy milk. Whisk wet into dry ingredients. Add more liquid or flour as needed. The goal is a thick pancake batter consistency–not too thick, but not so thin that it drips right off the balls. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Make the tofu balls: mush the tofu in your hands until very fine and clumping together. Add spices and hoisin sauce and mix well. Adjust seasonings to taste. Sprinkle the wheat gluten over top and mix in. Form into about 30 balls, not too big.
  4. To fry: dip a few balls into the batter, letting any excess drip off (I use 2 spoons to coat the balls and transfer to the oil). Fry for 1-2 mins, until very lightly golden. Drain. Repeat with remaining balls. Return first set of balls to the oil, letting fry until a deep golden brown. Drain and serve with your sauce of choice.

If you’d like a recipe for a side homemade sweet and sour sauce, you can find one here at Food.com that’s pretty good (ignore their recommendation to use it on meat). Serve these tasty treats with some steamed brown rice and your favourite stir fried veggies. Oh and don’t forget to check out Vegan Dad.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Meatless Monday website and join us in taking the pledge today. Spread the word at home and at work and promote CSR business initiatives to make your green call centre, office, factory, shop, restaurant or salon even greener.

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One Response to Meatless Monday with Crispy Chinese Vegan Tofu “Chicken” Balls

  1. these sound super tasty, however recipe calls for “vital wheat gluten”. is there a sub for gluten-free? and by the way, I’ve never seen vital wheat gluten anywhere – where in the world does one buy the stuff?
    thx

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