Tofu, Corn, and Chive Fritters
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This spring, corn is making an early appearance in our grocery stores (fresh corn is like a summer staple here in Minnesota). In deciding to combine corn with tofu, I have in mind to provide a vegan and gluten-free version of an earlier recipe that I had published entitled Tofu Fish Balls. I must say that my carnivores at home were almost lulled into thinking that they were wolfing down their usual meaty fare. It was almost a gastronomic footnote for them to realize that they were in vegan-mode as far as this dish went.
By the way, this “veganizing” otherwise meat dishes is not a new phenomenon as the Chinese have been making vegetarian duck, chicken, fish, pork trotters(!) for centuries. It is always a fun challenge to re-create some of the look and taste of a familiar dish and adding a vegetarian twist to it. In many such recipes, soy products are king. Tofu and bean curd sheets have been the building blocks for providing both texture and sources of protein.
I added some Chinese chives for a slight garlicky aroma. The corn provided the sweetness and crunch. These were gone in a blink of an eye.
- 12 oz (340g) extra firm tofu, well drained
- 2 corn yielding about 1½ cups(250g) cooked corn kernels
- 1 oz (30g) Chinese chives
- 2 tbsp (16g) rice flour
- ½ tsp salt
- Canola oil for deep frying
Boil corn in a large pot of water for about 7 minutes. When cooked, remove from pot and slice corn kernels from the cob.
Process tofu in until smooth. Transfer to a bowl.
Add corn kernels, Chinese chives, rice flour, and salt. Mix until well combined.
Heat canola oil in a deep pan. Using two spoons, shape heaping spoonfuls of tofu mixture into balls. Drop into hot oil and deep fry until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8)