Tofu Burger made with House Tofu Burger Patty Mushroom Mix

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tofu Burgers with House Mushroom Tofu Burger Patty Mix
House brand Tofu Burger Patty Mushroom Mix

Folding tables at the end of aisle drive me crazy.
By crazy, I mean they make me throw additional stuff in my cart.

One of my local Asian grocery stores always has someone giving away free samples. And this isn’t just a little nut-cup filled with 1/4 of an Almond Roca like at Costco. These ladies cook.

So, one day I happened upon a nice lady handing out hot, cute little tofu patties. She was hawking the Japanese House brand Tofu Burger Mix. And I was buying.

Tofu Burgers with House Mushroom Tofu Burger Patty Mix
Here is the package. The cover is in Japanese, but the back has a sticker in English with the ingredients, nutritional value and directions.

Tofu Burgers with House Mushroom Tofu Burger Patty Mix
First, this is NOT a vegetarian or vegan product. It contains wheat, egg & milk products, dried bonito flakes, dried spices and, of course, a bit of MSG. Dried Bonito flakes are a staple in the Japanese kitchen – it is used to make dashi or soup stock that you find as the base of miso soup.

I’m sure you could make something similar with your own spices, but darn it, it is sometimes very nice to just open a packet to help you along. I don’t see this product on their House Food America page...but I know they have a different House Tofu Patty Mix (all in English I believe).

Tofu Burgers with House Mushroom Tofu Burger Patty Mix Tofu Burgers with House Mushroom Tofu Burger Patty Mix
Take a block of extra-firm or firm tofu. Of course, House suggests their own brand of tofu (12 oz), but I happened to have an organic Tofu from Trader Joe’s (19 oz) in the fridge. As Esi says, I am a Trader Joe-aholic and I’m not quitting.

Drain the tofu. If you want, you can squeeze it in cheesecloth or press it between paper towels or a dish towel. I pushed it against this strainer. Add the House mix to the tofu and mash and stir. As you can see, there are a lot of Panko breadcrumbs in this mix and dehydrated spices.

Tofu Burgers with House Mushroom Tofu Burger Patty Mix Tofu Burgers with House Mushroom Tofu Burger Patty Mix
Form into patties. You can make 4 patties from the mix. I made two large patties and a series of mini patties because I’m all about the mini.

Tofu Burgers with House Mushroom Tofu Burger Patty Mix
Cook over medium heat with a dollop of oil. The best part of tofu burgers is that you are just heating it through and don’t have to worry about e-coli. Tofu is also much lower in fat and calories than meat, and has no cholesterol. The mix only adds 40 calories per serving and no fat (4 servings in a packet).

Tofu Burgers with House Mushroom Tofu Burger Patty Mix
I served mine with okonomiyaki sauce (similar to Worcestershire sauce but thicker and sweeter) and some pickled ginger.

Tofu Burgers with House Mushroom Tofu Burger Patty Mix
Overall, I liked this mix and it tasted Japanese-y. I really like anything with a fried crust and this patty uses less oil than if you fried up tofu slices. This is a pretty cheap meal too...I don't remember, but I think the mix was $2-3 and tofu is cheap.

When I feel up to it, I’m going to try to make my own with some Panko, green onions, probably an egg and some furikake (Japanese rice seasoning that kids (and food blogging adults) adore).

In the meantime, stand at the end of an aisle, give me something on a toothpick, and I’ll probably buy what you are selling! Cheers, Mary the Food Librarian
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3 comments:

DailyChef said... [Reply to comment]

Haha, I'm a huge sucker for the samples at Asian grocery markets too! Last time I got a new brand of dumplings, and the time before that I think it was some seafood cake for hot pots. Making from scratch is nice, but sometimes, those packaged mixes are better :-P

Love your pictures!

Sook said... [Reply to comment]

Love this recipe! I've never had tofu burger before but I actually want to try it sometime. You have a nice blog. Will have to come back soon.

April said... [Reply to comment]

Those really good, I'm attempting to try to cook tofu at home again. I haven't had great results in the past but these look way tasty!

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