How To Use Tofu As Giniling In Meals

Feel no guilt with this affordable meat substitute.

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You might already know that you can make firm tofu or tokwa look like scrambled eggs. Firm tofu is crumbled before being cooked in a frying pan. The off-white paleness of the tofu is offset when you add this surprising but almost flavorless spice: ground turmeric. The turmeric colors the tofu egg-yellow but doesn't add too much else in terms of flavor. The yellow color is adding other spices and salt to make you think that you really are eating an egg. Whether you're eating this for breakfast or want breakfast for dinner, this is another great way to introduce tofu into your everyday meals. 

This is a fantastic example of how tofu can be a meat substitute for giniling. The process is simple and since tokwa is firm enough that a minimal squeeze is all you need to take it from the familiar block to a crumble that mimics ground meat. Then it's just a matter of seasoning it to taste a little like the meat you want it to mimic with either a neutral soy sauce for both flavor and color plus a little stock powder. 

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Here's what you do to make tofu crumble: 

  1. 1 Break up 1 500-gram tofu block with your hands until large chunks are formed. Place the crumbled tofu in a kitchen towel and wrap it over a bowl or the sink.
  1. 2 Twist the kitchen towel to squeeze out excess water from the tofu. Alternatively, place it on a tray on your kitchen counter and press out as much moisture as you can, draining the water that is squeezed out as necessary. 
  1. 3 Heat a nonstick frying pan over medium heat and add oil. Add crumbled tofu and saute until just heated through. For color and seasoning, add 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 1/4 teaspoon your choice of stock powder or cube, crumbled, and stir to combine. 
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  1. 4 Continue to cook until combined and tofu starts to turn slightly crisp. 

Once you have this crumbled faux giniling, you can use this to substitute for the ground meat in these recipes: 

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Tofu Scramble Recipe

You can totally keep it simple and just make this simple tofu dish instead of using eggs. Whether you're eating this for breakfast or want breakfast for dinner, this is a great way to introduce tofu into your everyday meals. 

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2 Pork Giniling Recipe

You can't go wrong with a classic ground meat dish. Cook the vegetables, especially the potatoes and carrots until tender then add the crumbled tofu. Season as desired and boom. Fast, easy, and best of all, delicious.

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3 Spicy Lumpiang Shanghai Recipe 

One of the most iconic giniling recipes has to be the lumpiang shanghai. Tweak this recipe and use crumbled tofu instead. You still get the delicious flavors that you want inside the crispy wrappers. 

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4 Carne Picada Recipe 

Taco Tuesdays don't have to end when you cook something meat-free. The crumbled tofu would taste excellent seasoned with taco seasoning or other mixes of spices that you prefer. Stuff these into soft tacos, into shells, or on top of a bowl of rice for a rice bowl that's spiced up. 

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5 Meaty Spaghetti Recipe 

Pinoys love their spaghetti, on its own or paired with a crispy fried chicken piece. Substitute the meat in this classic pasta sauce with your tofu crumble for a delicious meaty pasta dish that no one needs to know has been made meat-free.  

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