Tofu Pastries from Vegetarian Cooking: A Common Sense Guide by Bay Books
Cooked on: May 26, 2011
Servings: Makes 8
Skill level: Beginner. Be sure to follow instructions.
This recipe requires about 4 hours to prepare.
150 g (5 1/2 oz) firm tofu, drained
2 spring onions (scallions), chopped
3 tsp chopped coriander (cilantro)
1/2 tsp grated orange zest
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp cornflour (cornstarch)
2 sheets of frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg lightly beaten
Dipping Sauce (I did NOT make this as I opted to use the sweet chilli sauce for dipping instead)
3 tbsp sugar
125 ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 small Lebanese (short cucumber, finely diced
1 small red chilli, thinly sliced
1 spring onion (scallion, thinly sliced on the diagonal)
1. Pat the tofu dry and dice. Place in a bowl with the spring onion, coriander, orange zest, soy and sweet chili sauces, ginger, and corn flour. Mix gently, then cover and refrigerate for 3 – 4 hours.
2. Meanwhile, make the dipping sauce. Put the sugar and vinegar in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Tip into a small bowl and add the cucumber, chilli, and spring onion. Allow to cool completely.
3. Preheat the oven to 220° C (425° F/Gas 7). Cut each pastry sheet into four squares. Drain the tofu filling and divide into eight portions. Place one portion in the center of each square and brush the edges with beaten egg. Fold each one into a triangle and seal the edges with a fork.
4. Place on two lined baking trays, brush with beaten egg and bake for 15 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden. Serve hot, with the dipping sauce.
Verdict: This was a very tasty side dish. The tofu took on the chili sauce flavor mmmmm. The taste reminded me of an egg roll. I don’t remember why I didn’t just make the dipping sauce. I probably forgot to find a cucumber or something along those lines, but using the sweet chili sauce was perfect.
This pastry was a perfect side dish with the Pea & Asparagus Saffron Risotto. Both just slightly sweet, with a little savory added in.