Tofu is such a versatile ingredient that when prepare in different ways, also yields very different tastes and textures.
Fried “Chicken” and Gravy [Vegan]
- 2 blocks (240 grams each) extra firm tofu, frozen and thawed
- Canola oil or any neutral oil, for frying
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed/flax seed meal
- 6 tablespoons water
- 1/4 teaspoons black salt, or regular salt
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
Prepare the flax egg by mixing the water, flax meal, and salt. Set aside and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes until thick.
Freeze the blocks of tofu overnight. After freezing it, thaw the blocks for a few hours in room temperature. Squeeze out the liquid using two flat surfaces. Ensure that the liquid is drained out really well.
Slowly break apart the pieces using a knife or your hands. You can follow the natural breaks of the tofu. There will be small pieces that you can clump together so don’t worry, nothing will go to waste!
Afterwards, roll and coat each piece in the flour mixture. For the smaller pieces, you will need to clump and squeeze them together before and after rolling them into the flour mixture for them to stick together.
After coating each piece into the flour, add 1/2 cup breadcrumbs into the leftover flour mixture. Mix well.
Dip each piece of tofu into the flax egg mixture. Transfer onto the breadcrumb and flour mixture then coat well. Repeat this step for the rest of the pieces.
Heat a pan with the oil. Once hot, slowly add in the tofu pieces.
Fry in medium heat until golden brown and crisp, turning each piece halfway through. Once golden brown, remove from the oil and transfer into a strainer to drain any excess oil. Turn off the heat.
Enjoy while hot with some gravy or your favourite dipping sauce!