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Easy to Make Vegan-Friendly Crunchy Tofu Bombs for Healthy Snacking

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Brian loves food and enjoys exploring various cuisines. He is a keen experimenter in the kitchen and finds cooking therapeutic.

Vegan-friendly Crispy & Crunchy Tofu Bombs

Vegan-friendly Crispy & Crunchy Tofu Bombs

It's Snack Time!

How many of you reading this is guilty of indulging in fast foods or snack treats that are full of preservatives and all kinds of additives? Stop snacking the unhealthy way and start being smart about how you keep your cravings at bay. More often than not, when the craving hits we seek the familiar and easily accessible options such as McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Wendy’s, and Taco Bell for a quick fix. These fast food joints, among others, offer a selection that most categorize as comfort food; food that makes you feel satisfied and happy when you eat it without realizing that its’ heavily laden with flavorings which makes it appetizing in the first place.

Did You Know?

Are you aware that snacking on junk food regularly may lead to a full-blown addiction? That is why it is important to make the right choices of foods you allow into your body. Snacking the healthy way helps lessen the urge to reach out for foods that you believe provide comfort but are in a way harming your body if you overload on them.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-food-addiction-works

Snacking the Healthy Way

What if I tell you, that you can make your own snack that is tasty yet without the crazy amount of flavor enhancers you normally find in commercial snacks and fast foods? We often relate snacking to consuming things that are relatively unhealthy, but that is totally untrue. In fact, if you do a little research and experimenting of your own, you will find that there are so many other nutritious alternatives within your reach. You may need to put in a little effort to prepare it, but you might just end up with your next favorite movie time munchies.

Time for Some Crunchy Bites!

The recipe that I will be sharing with you today is a simple and easy vegan-friendly snack that will blow your mind. For some meat lovers out there, I know how disappointed you might be by the sound of this treat – you probably think that it is not something you will fancy. Well, never say never until you sink your teeth into one of these tasty morsels. Being a full-fledged meat eater, I surprisingly find myself take to this snack without missing a beat and urge you to try it for yourself. The crunchy bites allow you to satisfy your craving with less the guilt. Here is the recipe for you to enjoy!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

20 min

30 min

3-5 pax

Ingredients & Equipment

Tofu Bombs:

  • 3 pcs firm tofu
  • 3 tablespoons chili flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 10 pcs Vietnamese rice paper

For Simple Dipping Sauce:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce

Cooking Aid:

  • food grade plastic gloves
  • kitchen scissors
  • 1 big rounded flat pan
  • 1 one deep bowl
  • 2 flat plates
  • 3 pcs kitchen napkin/ serviette

For Frying:

  • Sunflower Oil

Cooking Instructions

  1. Rinse the tofu under cold water, drain the excess liquid, and place it into a clean dry bowl.
  2. Add the chili flakes, black pepper, and salt to the tofu.
  3. Wear your plastic gloves and mash the tofu to combine it with the spices. You may opt to use a fork or burger masher, but using your hands works better. Once well-mixed, set the bowl aside.
  4. Grab the dry rice paper and cut it into half using a scissor. Cut up all the rice papers first before you start your wrapping work.
  5. Pour some warm water onto the round pan (about half an inch of the pan will do) to soak the rice paper.
  6. Get half a piece of rice paper and soak it in the water-filled pan for about 10-15 seconds until it becomes pliable.
  7. Fish the rice paper out and place it onto the dry plate. Scoop your tofu mixture onto the wet rice paper and fold it up until it becomes a mini ball and assemble it on a separate plate.
  8. Repeat steps 6 & 7 until you finish up the tofu mixture.
  9. Fill up half of your pan/ frying pot with oil and heat it to 350 – 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  10. While waiting for the oil to heat up, peel your garlic and mince them. Put it in a sauce bowl and set aside.
  11. Once the oil is hot, pop in the tofu bombs and deep-fry them for about 5 minutes on medium-high heat. Let it cook for about two minutes on one side before gently flipping it over to cook the other side. Flip accordingly when you see the sides starting to turn a golden color.
  12. Once the tofu bombs have fully turned a golden color, retrieve them and put it on a flat plate that is lined with serviette to drain the excess oil.
  13. Repeat until you have finished frying all your tofu bombs.
  14. Get your minced garlic and add chili sauce and mix well.
  15. Serve the tofu bombs and enjoy with the dipping sauce!

Preparation Tips

Ensure to oil the plate that is used to assemble the wrapped tofu bombs to avoid them from sticking to one another

Additional Serving Suggestions

  1. You may add garlic and onion powder into the tofu mixture for a stronger flavor.
  2. For the sauce, you may add vinegar or even lime juice for a tangy dip.
  3. For the non-vegans, adding a dash of fish sauce to the dip makes for an umami and earthy-tasting savory sauce.

Alternative Preparation

If you really crave some meat to go with, try adding leftover rotisserie chicken strips into the tofu mix. Alternatively, you can even use leftover beef brisket or braised duck meat for added texture.

Are You Snacking Healthily or Otherwise?

If you are still unconvinced to try this treat, perhaps you might really need to re-consider the health effects of your current snacking habits in the long run. Unless you are only munching on nuts and seeds or getting your cravings fixed with a fruit smoothie, then this might just be your go-to for those days you feel like binging on fast foods or store-bought snacks. I am certainly not propagating that this is the healthiest option. However, it sure beats loading on the additives-laden treats that clog your arteries or promote hypertension and diabetes which may bring you to an early grave.

Cravings are Not Necessarily Bad If You Make the Right Choices

Many of us find fast foods or junk foods appealing because of its distinctive and delicious flavors. The interesting flavors are actually contributed by the hefty amounts of additives, which are basically sugars, sodium, and fats. These ingredients enhance the taste of the food and consuming them does make us temporarily satisfied and contented. The pleasure derived from indulging in fast foods is caused by the brain releasing dopamine that makes us categorize that act as a form of reward because of how it makes us feel. That is why sometimes we tend to binge on fast foods without realizing how much we have eaten. The logic is that the more you eat, your brain adapts and makes more receptors for dopamine, which actually encourages you to eat even more. So, how can we break this vicious cycle and yet satisfy those cravings? The answer is quite simple - look for an alternative that offers similar satisfaction but with less detrimental consequences.

Healthy Food Options Doesn't Have to be Boring

This simple snack recipe is not a means to propagate a certain way of lifestyle or a specific constrained diet. In fact, this recipe is actually a chance discovery that was a result of me being on the lookout for a healthy snacking alternative to the common fast foods. My wife and I decided to incorporate more healthy food options into our diet and came across a tofu recipe, which we customized to yield this easy and tasty crunchy tofu bombs. In terms of our daily meals, both my wife and I are not really particular about the ingredients we use but we do try to eat a balanced meal that includes all the key food groups. We have just recently experimented with peanut butter and came up with a delectable peanut butter cold noodle dish that tastes superb! You might fall for it when you try it. Don’t just take my word for it, but taste it for yourself.

Moderation is Key

Being a die-hard meat eater, I look forward to have some kind of meat element in the dishes I consume. I do stand by the principle of all good things in moderation, which is why we have included an alternative preparation suggestion whereby you can include your favorite meat as well in order to enjoy this recipe. Nevertheless, it does the body good to abstain from meat once in a while if you have been consuming it for a prolonged period of time, which makes the vegan-friendly version a convenient alternative. Do not deprive yourself of this delectable treat. Give it a try and you may just love it for its simplicity and satisfyingly crunchy texture!

How to determine the type of tofu to use for this dish?

This here is a wikipedia of sorts for tofu which outlines the different types and forms of tofu that you might not even know exist. Get to know each of them individually so you can reap the most flavor and texture of this delicate ingredient for your next tofu-based dish.

http://www.tofupedia.com/en/tofu-bereiden/soorten-tofu/

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Brian

Comments

Brian (author) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on September 09, 2021:

It is great to know that you tried the stinky tofu before and I applaud you for your bravery, Misbah. Not many people can actually bring themselves to sample this delicacy. I was reluctant at first, but my wife loves it and told me that it doesn't taste as bad as it smells. So, I'm now onboard the stinky tofu boat and the smell does not really bother me anymore. ;)

As for the papaya tree, it was a great suggestion that we keep it and try to turn it into a business opportunity but I guess my in-laws had other plans. They are still being good to the land though by growing chili pepper, ginger, and aloe vera, which we get to enjoy when we visit.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 09, 2021:

Yes, Brian, I've tried that tofu version. You may find this funny, but if I had that papaya tree. I would never have cut it down. Instead, I would have tried to open an Amazon store selling those Malaysian papayas online. ;) Think Business. Lol!

Blessings to you!

Brian (author) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on September 09, 2021:

You're most welcome, Misbah! Glad to know you like tofu too. I really think it's an underrated ingredient that not many people know how to appreciate and enjoy. It is quite a versatile ingredient that absorbs flavors quite well, depending on how you season or cook it. I'm not sure if you have heard or tried stinky tofu, which is a fermented version of the delicacy that is deep fried and served with sauce and pickles. Some people get turned off by the smell but it actually tastes delicious truly. So, at the end of the day, not everyone has the same level of tolerance and acceptance for a specific dish or delicacy. ;)

It is interesting that you mentioned about Malaysian papayas and your love for them. It is quite abundant here and my in-laws used to have a tree in their compound. That was years ago and the tree has since ceased producing fruit that they got it chopped down. So, now we go to the market to get them whenever we feel like having it. :)

Brian (author) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on September 09, 2021:

Hi, Ms Dora! Thanks for appreciating this recipe. Am glad to be able to share some healthy snacks that others can incorporate around their lifestyle. Well, I personally love snacking in between meals and often times reach out for some pretty rich and decadent bites, which I feel is a bad habit of mine. So, I decided to switch it around a little bit and make better choices, where possible.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 08, 2021:

Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I love snacking but sometimes I overdo it. Lol! I like tofu. I will surely give it a try someday. Looks yummy! When I was in Pakistan my grandma used to get Pink salt rock from The Khewra Salt Mine that is located in Khewra, Punjab, Pakistan. She used to crush it fine. I have never tasted table salt in my entire childhood .All natural. But now in Spain, we use marine salt. Anyways, thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. By the way I love the taste of Malaysian Papayas. Take care and stay healthy and safe. Enjoy!

Blessings always!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 08, 2021:

Thanks for this recipe. I'm interested. Thanks also for your wise counsel on healthy and unhealthy snacking. Good advice.

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