Crispy Sweet Chilli Tofu Stir Fry

Crispy Sweet Chilli Tofu Stir Fry

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Oriental, Vegan Recipes
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Crispy Sweet Chilli Tofu Stir Fry
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This sweet chilli tofu stir fry is simple to make and packed with flavour, it's my new favourite! The good thing about tofu is that it doesn't take much effort to turn an otherwise bland ingredient into something amazing. The cornflour coating gives the tofu its incredible crispy texture.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Crispy Sweet Chilli Tofu Stir Fry
Print Recipe
This sweet chilli tofu stir fry is simple to make and packed with flavour, it's my new favourite! The good thing about tofu is that it doesn't take much effort to turn an otherwise bland ingredient into something amazing. The cornflour coating gives the tofu its incredible crispy texture.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Slice the tofu and set aside. Combine the cornflour, cayenne pepper and salt in a bowl and mix together. Coat the tofu pieces with the mixture and shallow fry for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Set aside.
  2. In a large pan, fry the vegetables in a little oil with a Tbsp soy sauce for 2-3 minutes. Add the noodles and fry for a further minute. Add the sweet chilli sauce, sugar, vinegar and the rest of the soy sauce and mix together well. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce has thickened.
  3. Toss the tofu pieces in the pan for a few seconds and serve immediately. Sprinkle some sliced spring onions and red chilli flakes over the top.

Vegan Summer Rolls

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Oriental, Vegan Recipes
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Vegan Summer Rolls
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I kept seeing pictures of summer rolls online and they looked so good I felt obligated to create my own. These are wonderfully fresh and full of vibrant flavours, served with a delicious peanut dip. This recipe could be made raw by leaving out the mushrooms.
Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Vegan Summer Rolls
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I kept seeing pictures of summer rolls online and they looked so good I felt obligated to create my own. These are wonderfully fresh and full of vibrant flavours, served with a delicious peanut dip. This recipe could be made raw by leaving out the mushrooms.
Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Veggies and Rice Paper
Garlic-Ginger Mushrooms
Peanut Sauce
Servings: rolls
Instructions
Garlic-Ginger Mushrooms
  1. Add the mushrooms into a pan and dry-fry until the moisture starts to come out. Add the ginger, garlic and soy sauce and saute for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl ready to add to your wraps.
Wraps
  1. Slice all your veggies and get them ready on a chopping board or plate.
  2. Fill a large bowl with cold water and wrap a damp tea towel around a chopping board.
  3. Dip a rice paper wrap into the water and lay onto the tea towel. Assemble your wraps by filling in the centre of the wrap being careful not to overfill!
  4. Wrap starting with the bottom and top, then fold over one side. Then with the bulk of the wrap in your palm and fingers tucked underneath, gently fold it over onto the other side. Lay on a plate and repeat. It might take a few attempts to get it right.. but stick with it and most importantly be patient!
Peanut Sauce
  1. Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix. Add more water if it's too thick.

Vegan Miso Soup with Tofu and Vegetables

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in Soup, Vegan Recipes
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Vegan Miso Soup with Tofu and Vegetables
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I love this Miso Soup recipe because it's rich in umami flavour, packed with protein and very satisfying. This recipe uses tofu, chestnut mushrooms, savoy cabbage, spring onions, red chilli and roasted seaweed which is just a sliced up sushi nori sheet. Feel free to use whatever veggies you like! This particular recipe is for 2 for a main course, but you could easily divide into 4 servings for a starter.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Vegan Miso Soup with Tofu and Vegetables
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I love this Miso Soup recipe because it's rich in umami flavour, packed with protein and very satisfying. This recipe uses tofu, chestnut mushrooms, savoy cabbage, spring onions, red chilli and roasted seaweed which is just a sliced up sushi nori sheet. Feel free to use whatever veggies you like! This particular recipe is for 2 for a main course, but you could easily divide into 4 servings for a starter.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Heat the vegetable stock in a large pan and slowly add the miso bit by bit until fully dissolved. Avoid adding all the miso at once or it may not dissolve properly.
  2. Add the drained cubes of tofu along with the cabbage, nori, mushrooms, white parts of the spring onion and half of the sliced chilli. Simmer for 5 minutes, do not boil.
  3. Gently separate the udon noodles and add to the pan. Simmer for another 3-4 minutes.
  4. Serve in large soup bowls and top with the rest of the spring onions and chilli.

Vegan Crispy Chilli ‘Beef’

Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Vegan Recipes
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Vegan Crispy Chilli 'Beef'
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A ridiculously tasty vegan version of the popular Chinese takeaway favourite: Crispy Chilli Beef! After accidentally creating some sort of crispy beef/steak out of seitan one day, I refined it to closely resemble the look, taste and texture of the real thing before deciding it would be perfect for a vegan 'crispy chilli beef' recipe. I was not disappointed! It takes a bit of prep work, but once you've tried it you'll realise it was time well spent.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 40 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 40 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Vegan Crispy Chilli 'Beef'
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A ridiculously tasty vegan version of the popular Chinese takeaway favourite: Crispy Chilli Beef! After accidentally creating some sort of crispy beef/steak out of seitan one day, I refined it to closely resemble the look, taste and texture of the real thing before deciding it would be perfect for a vegan 'crispy chilli beef' recipe. I was not disappointed! It takes a bit of prep work, but once you've tried it you'll realise it was time well spent.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 40 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 40 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Seitan 'Beef'
Veggies
Sauce
Servings: people
Instructions
Seitan 'Beef'
  1. In a large bowl, add the vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, smoked paprika, bouillon powder and beetroot powder and mix well with a fork. Add the dark soy sauce, liquid smoke and 60ml water and mix well. Form into a dough, set aside the bowl and knead on a clean surface for 2-3 minutes. This will toughen up the gluten slightly. If you use too much water, just add a bit more gluten.
  2. Stretch out the dough so it's long and thin; it will have some resistance, but keep at it and apply pressure with your hands and it will stay put.
  3. Slice the seitan into long, thin strips. It doubles in size when cooking so the thinner you slice it, the better. More surface area means more sauce coverage!
  4. In the bowl you set aside, add the cornflour and Chinese five spice and mix well with a fork. Coat each piece of seitan with the mixture.
  5. In a large wok, heat approx. 6 tbsp vegetable oil until hot. Fry the pieces of seitan for about 10 minutes or until browned and crispy. Set aside. (while it's cooking, chop the veggies so you're not hanging around)
Veggies
  1. Thinly slice the red pepper and chilli (with seeds). Slice the spring onions and separate the lighter parts from the green. Mince or slice the garlic into small pieces and slice the ginger into matchsticks. Set aside half the chilli and the green parts of the spring onions.
  2. Fry the ginger, garlic, red pepper, half the chilli and white parts of the spring onions for a 2-3 minutes on a medium heat until soft. Try not to burn the garlic and ginger or they'll go bitter.
Sauce
  1. While the veg is cooking, grab a jug (or bowl) and add the vinegar, light soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, ketchup and 2 tbsp water. Mix well and add to the wok. Turn up the heat and let it bubble for a minute or two. Add the seitan and ensure the pieces are coated evenly in sauce. Heat for another minute.
  2. Serve on noodles or rice, and sprinkle the green bits of spring onions and remaining chilli on top. Enjoy hot!
Recipe Notes

The seitan could easily be used in any recipe that calls for beef—Chinese or otherwise. You could also make larger quantities of the seitan dough and freeze it for later to save you making it from scratch every time. Also, you can freeze any leftover cornflour/five spice mixture in a bag if you use too much; although it's cheap there's no need to waste anything!