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Delicious vegetarian tofu ball

Updated on November 19, 2014
tofu ball
tofu ball | Source

I guest like many other people you would never try the fried tofu ball before.
Being a cook since 8 year old and I didn't know this till I reach 25 when my housemate - Hanh, made it for us.
She's not a professional cook but imagine how many tips and recipes we learn from home-cooks around us. Those that the professional one doesn't know and if, will not willing to share.

Back to the balls, we all loved it even my mum & dad when I was back home and make for them. Try it - a healthy substitute to the conventional meat ball.


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SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 lb. firm tofu
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 oz. shittake mushroom, soaked into warm-hot water till soft, 5-10 minutes, washed and minced
  • Few black fungus, soaked into warm-hot water till soft, 5-10 minutes, washed and minced
  • salt, sugar or fish sauce to taste
  • 1 tsp. cornflour or tapioca flour (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp. vegetable oil


tofu balls
tofu balls | Source

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Blend all ingredients to a paste then make balls of 1 tbsp paste, similar to the meat ball.
  2. Pour oil into a flat bottom pan to a depth of 1/11" and heat over medium-high heat till the oil reaches about 1000 C, add balls into batches. Brown both sizes then transfer to kitchen towels to drain excess oil. Serve with rice, fish sauce or soy sauce and other dishes.

instruction by images

soak mushroom and black fungus in warm-hot water
soak mushroom and black fungus in warm-hot water | Source
coarsely slice
coarsely slice | Source
blend mushroom and black fungus; add tofu, season and blend well
blend mushroom and black fungus; add tofu, season and blend well | Source
transfer to a bowl, add egg yolk and mix well
transfer to a bowl, add egg yolk and mix well | Source
make balls and fried, one after another or simultaneously
make balls and fried, one after another or simultaneously | Source

SERVING
Option 1: Serve with rice and other dishes in Vietnamese table
Option 2: Serve as snack or nibble food

NOTE

  • Leave big pieces of black fungus and small pieces of shittake mushroom to enhance its flavour and crunchy texture.
  • Add minced shrimp for extra sweetness, texture and flavour
  • Lean to control the heat, the ball should be lightly crispy on the outside but moist inside.

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      huyenchi 4 years ago from London - Hanoi

      Please do try, we love this ball, and it's very easy to make too!

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      Chen 4 years ago

      Mmmm, I love tofu & have some vegetarian friends & family I'm always looking for great recipes to serve them when they come over. This looks great, definitely going to pick up some tofu next shopping trip.

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      huyenchi 4 years ago from London - Hanoi

      Thank anglnwu, please let me know the outcome!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Love tofu so this is definitely going into one of my tofu recipes. Thanks for sharing.

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      huyenchi 5 years ago from London - Hanoi

      Hi, thank you for your comment, I am glad that you like it. Yeah, it taste well and healthy

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Great recipe. I like tofu so definitely gonna try this one. Useful and voted up!