Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Onion Bhaji

As some of you might know, I've been churning out soy milk with my new machine. And the by product is the soy pulp. I was thinking what to do with it:

1. Chuck it into the bin.
2. Feed the birds.
3. Using it to make some lovely food.

I think I'll go for option (3).
My mum always make a traditional Foochow fried oyster/prawn cake using the soy pulp, rice flour, oyster/prawn/minced pork, chives and some seasoning. Even Anthony Bourdain tried that special oyster cake at Maxwell Food Centre in Singapore. It was prepared with a special ladle and deep fried to golden brown. The skin is so crispy on the outside and the soya pulp makes the texture inside moist and soft. So next time don't throw away that lovely soy pulp after milking the soy. It can be used for making a lot of cooking, even it is being used a lot in Japanese cooking (known as okara).
As for me, I adapt my own method to churn out onion bhaji in a jiffy. And the end result........ am asking for more ... the soy pulp does make a difference to the texture and it's good for vegetarian friends and do give it a try.

Onion Bhaji
Ingredients (good for 2 persons)
  • 1 large onion- finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp of soy pulp
  • 2 tbsp of rice flour/corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of curry powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 green chilli-deseeded and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp soda bicarbonate (optional)
  • vegetable oil for shallow frying
  1. Lightly beat the egg, add in the soya pulp, curry powder, salt and rice flour.
    Mix well.
  2. Add in the onion and green chilli. Stir to mix well.
  3. Heat a frying pan with oil for shallow frying. Use medium heat.
  4. Use a tablespoon to ladle a scoop and slowly drop into the frying pan. Repeat to fill up the pan. Fry each side for about 2-3minutes till golden brown.
  5. Remove and drained. Served with ketchup or chutney.


Anonymous said...

Foochow fried oyster/prawn cake - i didn't know this. What is this?

- Moi

Christine Toh said...

Hi Moi,

This snacks in Foochow is called Tie Biang. It's served with hot chilli sauce.