Lemongrass and kecap manis marinated tofu burger with Indonesian style spicy peanut sauce. It’s big on flavour and is vegan/vegetarian friendly too.
This tofu burger is healthy, relatively easy to make and big on flavour. I’m very excited for this recipe because it also shows a bit about my South-East-Asian background. It has lemongrass, kecap manis, and peanut sauce. In this recipe I’m also going to prove that tofu is not just a spongey and flavourless ingredient but it can also be flavourful, when done right.
Now the reason why I chose tofu as the protein in this burger was not to treat tofu as a substitute for meat. I know there have been a lot of recipes for vegetarian/vegan friendly that uses tofu as meat replacement but for me tofu has a pretty distinct taste to meat.
For example, imagine if we use tofu to replace beef patty in a burger and then combine it with mustard, mayo and cheese. It would be a bit weird right? Because tofu doesn’t taste like beef. For starter, it doesn’t have any flavour and the texture is different as well. But if we accept tofu as it is and embrace its differences, when we do it right, we can easily make this protein sings. We can marinate tofu to make it more flavourful, or appreciate its mildness and use it alongside other much more vibrant flavours and mix them with sauces that would make them more appealing.