Do not believe anybody who says that vegetarian food is boring. These crispy fried tofu cubes are indulgent as they are delicious. Bites of crunchy soy goodness is paired up with the rounded and smooth combination of treacly honey and salty, umami soy sauce.
These fried tofu cubes are an amazing snack, and can pair well with many dipping sauces such as sweet chilli sauce, honey mustard sauce, and even flavored mayonnaise. It is completely up to you to pair it up with your favorite condiment, and it is absolutely delightful when eaten on its own as well. They serve as the perfect party snack for get-togethers, as a starter for dinner parties and as an easy and yet rewarding snack to munch on.
It is very important that you use firm tofu, also known as tau kwa in many Asian countries. Soft and silken tofu, which is commonly used in soups and stews, will not hold well when deep fried and will easily fall apart, creating a messy sludge in your frying pan.
2 pieces hard tofu (Tau Kwa)
¼ tsp white pepper
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp salt
1 ½ tsp honey
1 cup cooking oil
¼ cup corn flour
½ cup fine breadcrumb
2 eggs – beaten
Pat the tofu dry with paper towel and cut into 2-inch cubes.
In a small bowl, add all the rest of the ingredients except cooking oil to make the marinade. Mix well.
Place tofu cubes into a large bowl and pour in marinade. Gently mix so that the tofu cubes are evenly covered.
Let them rest for 10 mins while you prepare the breading station.
Place breading ingredients in 3 separate shallow plates.
In sequential order, dip each tofu cube in flour, egg and breadcrumb.
Repeat until all the tofu cubes are breaded.
Heat oil to 180°C/350°F.
Gently place tofu cubes into hot oil and fry them over medium heat until golden brown.
Drain and serve warm with your favorite ketchup or chilli dip.