Mr Falafel's British "Fish n Chips"

"This recipe comes from Mr Falafel on the newsgroup and it is a great vegan version of the traditional fish and chips. Tastes pretty good and it is as close as you will get to the experience if you are vegetarian."
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Ready In:
24hrs 30mins




  • A couple of hours before you eat (preferably the day before) drain your tofu.
  • Then place the block of soya matter between a couple of sheets of paper towels.
  • Now place a good size book on top of that.
  • What you are doing here is getting the excess moisture out of it so it can soak up the malt vinegar.
  • Let it squeeze for an hour or so, then place the tofu into a bowl of malt vinegar and place it in the fridge.
  • You don't really need to cover the tofu with it, but the more the better.
  • Let it marinade for as long as you can, preferably overnight.
  • To make the beer better simply mix the equal amounts of flour and beer along with the spices.
  • Dump a whole bunch of oil into a deep pan or wok until it is about 2 inches deep and heat it up on a nice hot stove burner.
  • Cooks up your chips and place them in a warm oven.
  • While it is heating, take the marinated tofu out of the fridge and pat it dry.
  • Cut it lengthwise into bars about 2 inches wide.
  • When the oil is real hot, dunk the tofu bars into the batter and toss them in the oil one by one.
  • Be sure they are thoroughly thoroughly with the batter!
  • Deep fry them until the batter turns a nice golden brown, and be careful to not let them stick together.
  • Fish them out and place them on some more paper towels.
  • Place chips and tofu onto a plate and serve right away!

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  1. This was pretty good, especially with a little ketchup to dunk into. My tofu absorbed the vinegar like crazy. Maybe I got too much excess water out? So I didn't marinate it for quite as long. Didn't want to end up eating 'vinegar' and chips!


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