If you're looking for a new way to enjoy tofu, try this Vegan Tofu meatball recipe inspired by Vietnamese meatballs (Xíu Mại) is for you. The recipe uses easy, accessible plant-based ingredients and makes a delicious, drool-worthy tomato sauce. Serve with some fresh herbs and baguette, it's a wholesome way to enjoy tofu!
What is Vietnamese Meatball?
Vietnamese Meatball (Xíu Mại) is a Southern Vietnamese dish that consists of juicy pork meatballs in a savory tomato sauce. It is often served with bánh mì (Vietnamese baguette). This recipe is the vegan version of Vietnamese Meatballs made with tofu, wood-ear mushroom and flavorful sauces.
Different ways to cook the Vietnam meatballs
There are different methods you can choose to cook the meatballs:
- Bake: this is the easiest and healthiest method, just line the tofu meatballs on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 200°C (392°F). The tofu meatballs become crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside.
- Fry: you can also choose to shallow or deep fry the tofu for a more crunchy texture.
- Air fry: you can spray some oil (optional) and air-fry the tofu meatballs in the air fryer for 10 minutes.
Which mushrooms to use for this Vietnamese Meatball recipe?
For the recipe, I used dried shredded wood ear mushrooms, which you can find in the Asian supermarkets or the Asian section of some big supermarkets. If you don't have access to them, you can choose to rehydrate dried shiitake mushrooms or chop up fresh shiitake mushrooms or other types of mushroom.
How to serve the Vegan Vietnamese Meatballs?
You can enjoy these Vegan Meatballs with rice, rice noodles or with a crispy baguette. To eat with baguette, just take a piece of the baguette and dip it with the sauce. The bite is flavorful and has a nice texture!
If you have tried my recipe, please let me know what you think by leaving me a review on this page or tagging me on Instagram @veggieanh. I would love to see your creations!Print