Friday, May 25, 2012

TOFU BALLS



I use tofu balls where meat balls are required in a recipe - - pasta, kofta, soups, sauteed veggies. Or, I simply make a bigger size ball, flatten it into a pattie, fry and serve as tofu burger sandwich.
Tofu balls is a basic vegetarian substitute for ground pork or ground beef meat balls...




Tofu Balls is also known as doufu, tauho or toho. Another popular form is tokwa or tau kua (a firmer soya cake). Tofu or tokwa has a long history originating in China over 2,000 years ago during the Han dynasty.

At that time, Liu An, the grandson of the emperor wanted a long life. He wanted an elixir to attain his goal. So his men went to the province of Huainan. 

From fresh mountain water and soybeans, they made soymilk. Then they added nagari (coagulant) and thus tofu was created - the magic formula!

Today tofu is called the 'vegetarian's best friend' or the 'poor man's meat'.  It is extremely high in Class A protein without the cholesterol and saturated fat of meat food. 

So if you want 'a long life' like Liu An, include tofu or tokwa in your diet! Here's a simple yet healthy everyday tofu dish you can make and stock your freezer with.

Ingredients:
1 block tofu or 4 pcs tokwa (mashed)
1/4 c potatoes (boiled, mashed)
2 Tbsp grated cheese
1 c flour
2 Tbsp carrots (finely chopped)
2 Tbsp kinchay (finely chopped)
salt, pepper

Note: If kinchay is not available, use coriander leaves (cilantro) or celery

Procedure:
1. In a bowl, mix together all ingredients. Form mixture into balls adding more flour if needed. Deep fry until golden brown. Serve with ketchup.



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