Ma Dolla has been making tofu for a while now. She’s made soy tofu, was not our favorite. Chickpea Tofu or Tobu, proved a bigger success.
We’ve found South Africans, in our part of the country, are generally not fans of tofu. However, after starting the Vegan Meal Club and finding local people passionate about a new diet, we found quite a bit of interest in this product.
We have perfected and to top it all of, we coated them with non alcoholic beer batter, fried them and served hot, topped with a handsome drizzle of homemade fresh Sweet ‘n Sour Sauce.
Today we are sharing our recipe for a delicious new South African staple.
For the Beer Batter
- 2 tablespoons Chick Pea Flour
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoom paprika
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/2 cup beer – we use non alcoholic Heineken
- about 2 cups cooking oil
Mix all ingredients together, and coat the tofu pieces, cut as big as you would like them. We fry them until golden, then place them on a dry rack and some parchment to absorb excess oil.
For the Sweet ‘n sour sauce
- 1/2 cup brown balsami
- 1 cup wit vinegar
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons bean sauce – made by a local Chinese Vendor
- 3 tablespoons maizena (corn flour) – prepared with 1 cup water
Add the ingredients from the top to the bottom of the list in order. Stirring the whole time. The maizena will start out white, as it cooks it wil become translucent. Taste test – Ma Dolla forgot sugar once and oh boy, did we scramble to save that batch.
We served our coated tofu on a bed of rice with mixed veg topped with this lovely thick sweet ‘n sour sauce.
Pa Dolla and several of the Dollas were skeptcial about this dish, the general South African concern or experience with tofu has been it is bland. Flavourless and frankly somewhat sad. So we went into this intent on disliking it.
We ended up fighting it out for the last tofu nugget.
This meal may not be the healthiest, but so far it has been one of the most amazing meals we’ve made. I know we say that about everything, but this is a dish that we will revisit for our family over and over again.
We loved it so much we made some for Heritage Day, to share at the Sundowner’s Market in Alberton.
Happy Heritage Day Dollas, and remember, food is a blessing, a celebration of life, culture, family, and love.
We are always glad to celebrate with you all.