Source: The Soyfoods Council
This Asian-inspired appetizer is based on tofu—but meat-lovers will enjoy it as much as your vegetarian customers. The spicy heat, crispy tempura coating and textural contrast of the custardy tofu make for a very satisfying starter.
1 lb. soft or firm pressed tofu
1 bottle Louisiana hot sauce
2 cups cold sparkling water
2 cups all-purpose flour
Low-linolenic soybean oil, as needed for deep-frying
Green onions, for garnish
- Cut tofu into small cubes. Place tofu and hot sauce in a bowl. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4-24 hr. Stir periodically.
- To make tempura, mix eggs and water in a large bowl. Add flour and mix just until incorporated. If the tempura is too thin, add more flour. If too thick, add more water.
- Heat oil in deep fryer to 350°F. Remove tofu from hot sauce. Coat tofu with tempura batter and deep-fry until crisp and golden. Let drip dry on rack and serve hot, garnished with green onions.