Sunday, May 04, 2008

Soy Bombs With Chinese Style BBQ Sauce

I first tried these Soy Bombs with Chinese Style BBQ Sauce at the second bloggers banquet. They were made by Cindy from Where's The Beef?. They were a huge hit at the banquet, and I really liked them. Cindy gave me a link to the Soy Bombs and the Chinese Style BBQ Sauce. I decided to make them spontaneously one night as I really wanted to eat them again. I had most of the ingredients but needed to pop out to the supermarket to grab a final few.

The soy bombs and sauce are very easy to make. The sauce does require quite a few ingredients, but the flavour of it is fantastic. It can be eaten with a lot of things. The sauce blends so well with the soy bombs that the bombs just don't taste quite as good without the sauce.

Soy Bombs

500g extra firm tofu
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons soy sauce (less if your peanut butter includes salt)
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
fresh basil, roughly chopped/ripped (or another herb of your choice)
~1/2 cup plain flour
~1/3 cup vegetable oil

Crumble the tofu into a large bowl. Add the onion, soy sauce, peanut butter, breadcrumbs and basil; combine thoroughly. Roll the mixture into balls about 3cm in diameter and lightly coat them in flour.

Pour vege oil into a non-stick frypan so that it's about 2mm deep. Heat the oil until not quite smoking and add a tofu ball - it should sizzle in the oil. Once it does begin to sizzle, add more balls to the pan, turning them after a minute or two to develop an even crust. When they're done, transfer to absorbent paper and continue with the remaining balls.

Chinese Style Barbeque Sauce
makes about a cup

In a bowl, combine:

1/2 cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 cup apple juice
1-2 teaspoons chilli paste
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder.
Taste, and adjust the flavour balance to your liking. Store leftovers in the fridge.


  1. Hey Thanh, I'm glad these worked so easily for you at home. We've also been using the sauce on a variety of different things, especially pies. :-)

  2. Cindy, I remember your soy bombs falling apart a bit and you said that maybe you didn't put enough peanut butter. So I large spoons of peanut butter and they held together really well.

    I've also used the sauce for a variety of things, such as spring rolls and fried chicken wings.

    Keep coming up with good vegetarian dishes. I may even eat more vegetarian food.