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Sunday, 23 October 2011
Vegan pad see ew - with tofu omelette
Eats Well With Others. Joanne had removed the meat. I wanted to veganise her recipe completely. I considered leaving out the egg. Then I wondered about making a tofu omelette instead.
I had a few other hiccups. The tofu didn't get crispy as I expected. It was rather tasty though. I forgot to add garlic. I used umeboshi vinegar to add a bit of fish-sauce-like piquancy (so I have been told) to the soy sauce. At one point I accidentally found myself shaking a few drops of worcestershire sauce rather than umeboshi vinegar. When you are in a hurry the bottles all look the same.
Other Asian-style noodle dishes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Avocado, pickled ginger and tofu soba noodle salad
Fried ginger rice noodles
Miso soup with tofu, vegetables and noodles
Pumpkin and Tofu Laksa
Tamarind Tempeh with Noodles
Thai Style Salad with Noodles
Vegan Pad See Ew
Adapted from Eats Well With Others
320g packet of firm tofu, pressed and cut into large dice
3 tsp soy sauce (tamari for gluten free)
1 tsp umeboshi vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp canola oil
200g (1 packet) flat rice noodles
1 tsp canola oil
1 tbsp soy sauce (tamari for gluten free)
splash of umeboshi vinegar
450g (about 1 lb) broccoli, chopped
1-2 capsicums, sliced (I used a mix of red, green and yellow)
2 spring onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp canola oil
To bring together:
1 serving of vegan omelette (see below), chopped
2-3 tbsp kecap manis (or soy sauce and brown sugar)
2-3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
Firstly prepare tofu. I used a firm tofu that didn't need pressing but if you need to press it for about 30 minutes, do this first. Then mix soy sauce, umeboshi vinegar and sesame oil and marinate the tofu in this mixture for about 15 minutes. When the tofu is ready, fry in canola oil over high heat until the tofu is darkened and slightly charred around the edges. This will take a bit of time but mine never got crispy as I expected. Set tofu aside. [You could prepare the omelette while the tofu is pressing and marinating.]
Next turn your attention to the noodles: Soak dried noodles for about 20 minutes in hot water. (Or follow instructions on your packet - I soaked mine about 15 minutes and had to add a bit of water to soften the noodles while frying.) Heat oil over medium high to high heat. Add noodles and toss to coat with oil. Add soy sauce and vinegar. Fry noodles until crisp around the edges. Mine were really clumpy - maybe because they were still a bit dry so I added a little water which loosened them up. Set aside.
Meanwhile lightly steam or microwave broccoli and capsicums separately.
Heat oil in frypan. Add steamed vegetables, spring onion, garlic, tofu, noodles and chopped omelette. Splash in 1-2 tbsp each of soy sauce and kecap manis or soy sauce and 1 tsp brown sugar. Stirfry the whole lot briefly until warmed through and some of the sauce is absorbed. Some of the tofu omelette will break down a little. Check seasoning and add more as required. Serve hot.
* Note: instead of noodles you could cook rice and add to the pan (or wok) when you add cooked tofu, vegies and seasoning. Of course then it would not be pad see ew which means "soy sauce fried noodles" in Thailand.
Adapted from Fat Free Vegan
equivalent of 2 eggs
150g silken tofu
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon arrowroot (or potato starch or cornflour)
1 teaspoon almond butter (or tahini)
1/4 teaspoon onion granules
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 shake of smoked paprika (optional)
about 1 tsp olive oil
I blended it all together in a small blender attachment to my hand held blender and poured it into large frypan that had been sprayed with oil and heated over high heat. I covered and fried for 2-4 minutes So far so good. If all you want is an omelette. Then I folded it and it looked good but too soft so I just tried to flip it over to fry on the other side and that is where the trouble began. I added oil. I pushed it around with the eggflip (spatula) which just got covered in more and more goo. Finally I just let it cool in a bowl. It dried a bit as it cooled, which made it easier to carefully cut it into dice size chunks.
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Vegan Month of Food October 2011. Go to my Vegan MoFo list for more Vegan MoFo posts.