Think tofu is bland and flavorless? Think again.
Tofu—you either love it or hate it. But generally speaking, it gets a lot of flak and is usually considered bland and boring. But contrary to popular belief, it’s actually quite versatile because of the neutral flavor profile it has which makes it the perfect vehicle to carry flavors in all kinds of dishes.
So don’t dismiss tofu from your diet just yet; allow us to introduce you to the best tofu-based dishes in the Metro to change your mind or maybe even fuel your obsession with this protein-packed ingredient.
Vegan Sisig – Cosmic
Cosmic, a 100% vegan restaurant situated in the heart of Poblacion, specializes in offering full-fledged vegan Filipino comfort food. Their Vegan Sisig, one of their bestsellers, is made with a mix of seitan and tofu and is topped with crispy vegan bagnet—giving it the perfect bite that exactly mimics the textures and flavors of a non-vegan sisig.
Tofu Paneer – Greenery Kitchen
If you’re looking for a place to get affordable yet delicious 100% vegan food, Greenery Kitchen most certainly tops the list. They offer a wide array of dishes from different cuisines from around the world. Though they focus particularly on Filipino classics, they also give a taste of other cuisines such as their Tofu Paneer.
BBQ Tofu Handhold – Green Bar
Green Bar focuses on making quality, healthy, yet delicious vegan dishes that will satisfy any carnivorous palate. Their menu is heavily influenced by Southern California and the creators’ love for holiday comfort food. Among people’s favorites include their freshly baked donuts and pastries, breakfast burritos, and their BBQ Tofu Handhold.
Tofu Quesadilla – Soya Bar
Soy can be enjoyed in different forms and that’s what Soya Bar is all about. Though they’re best known for taho and drinks, they also serve quite an array of food items including their bestselling Tofu Quesadillas.
General’s Tofu – Recipes
Recipes is known for being home to the original crispy tilapia and general’s chicken. Luckily, for those who are avoiding meat for whatever reason, they have a meatless version of their fan-favorite general’s chicken that’s made with tofu.
Kung Pao Tofu – 101 Hawker Food House
101 Hawker Food House as the name suggests serves hawker food inspired by the many food stalls found in Singapore and its neighboring Asian countries. Good news for vegans and vegetarians: they have an extensive menu for vegans and vegetarians which includes their Kung Pao Tofu.
Tofu & Vegetable Green Curry – Tamarind: Taste of Thai
Serving home-style cooked Thai food with a modern touch since 1999, Tamarind: Taste of Thai has definitely become a go-to for authentic Thai food for many. For a hearty yet wholesome curry alternative, try their Tofu & Vegetable Green Curry.
Stir-Fried Tofu with Cashew Nuts & Roasted Chillis – Tamarind: Taste of Thai
Another option to try from their plant-based menu items is the Stir-Fried Tofu with Cashew Nuts & Roasted Chillis, a protein-packed alternative to the classic cashew chicken.
Tofu Tocino – Pipino Veg
If there’s anything Pipino Veg does right, it’s creating vegetarian and vegan counterparts of classic comfort dishes while using high-quality and healthy ingredients without sacrificing the taste. Their menu consists of your favorite Filipino food including breakfast options like their Tofu Tocino.
Longsilog – Pipino Veg
Another breakfast option from Pipino Veg is their Longsilog that’s made with a tofu base. It’s one of the bestsellers on their menu so you’re sure to not be disappointed.
Black Pepper Tofu – Crying Tiger Street Kitchen
This small hole-in-the-wall street kitchen situated in the heart of the ever so lively Poblacion is the perfect place to get your Thai street food fix. They focus on providing simple Asian street food, from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur and have an extensive vegetarian and vegan menu which includes their Black Pepper Tofu that’s packed with flavor.
Grilled Satay Tofu Skewer – Crying Tiger Street Kitchen
Crying Tiger Street Kitchen’s Grilled Satay Tofu Skewer is another option for when you’re avoiding meat but don’t want to feel deprived. Sliced tofu chunks are marinated then char grilled until slightly crisp on the outside and served with a homemade peanut sauce and fresh veggie salad.
Mapo Tofu – Mann Hann
Mann Hann is the go-to place for when you crave good yet affordable Chinese food. In contrast to their bestselling Lechon Macau (which you’ve probably already heard of before), their mapo tofu is a good alternative for when you’re cutting down on meat.
Sizzling Tofu – Max’s
The Sizzling Tofu from Max’s is one of their most beloved and signature dishes. It’s a delicious and ingenious way to enjoy the flavors of sisig minus the meat. Trust us, you won’t even miss it!
Scam Chicken Sandwich – Fowlbread
If you’re familiar with Fowlbread’s O.G. Fried Chicken Sandwich, then the meatless version called the Scam Chicken Sandwich will not be foreign to you. It’s essentially everything you know and love about the O.G. Fried Chicken Sandwich except it’s made with a tofu patty.
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