Vegan Tofush / Tofish & Chips Recipe

Vegan tofush and chips and tartar sauce

First, I need to share with you the vegan tofush and chips (also known as tofish) I made last night – it was so amazing (even if I do say so myself). As Friday night is chippy night and I usually have battered halloumi, I thought, as it’s Veganuary, I’d just have chips but then I thought why don’t I try and recreate the tofush from the Coach & Horses in Soho and have that with chips from the chippy? If you haven’t a clue what I’m on about and haven’t heard of the Coach & Horses in Soho or their famous tofush and chips, you can read my review of London’s first vegetarian pub here.

This tofush isn’t for the squeamish – the use of nori (sheets of dried seaweed) gives it a distinct fishy flavour so, if you don’t like the taste of fish, leave the nori out. But if you want an authentic fish-in-batter taste, leave it in and tell yourself it tastes of the sea.

Just in case making tofush wasn’t proof enough of my genius, I further excelled myself and made my own vegan tartar sauce by mixing together some vegan mayonnaise and pickle relish.

You may be wondering how I managed to go to the chip shop and make tofush at the same time. Even I’m not that much of a genius and I made the tofush while The Meat Eater was at the chippy, keeping it warm in the oven until he got back.

I’ll share the recipe for the vegan tofush below but I’ll just give a quick run through of what else I ate on Veganuary Day 8.

Breakfast

Yes, it’s the same as I’ve had for the last week – a spinach, apple, clementine and chia seeds Nutriblast. I’ve bought some raspberries now so I’ll be having a different breakfast Nutriblast soon. Get me and my impulsiveness.

Lunch

banana, kiwi fruit, strawberry, blueberry and soya milk Nutriblast

A gloriously healthy lunch, knowing dinner was going to be a full-on pig-out. This Nutriblast contains banana, kiwi fruit, strawberries, blueberries and soya milk.

Snacks

As usual, I spent some of the day drinking hot chocolate and eating Oat Flips and Oreos.

Recipe: Vegan Tofush 

vegan tofush

Vegan Tofush
 
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Inspired by the tofush and chips at Norman's Coach & Horses, Soho, London
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Recipe type: Tofu
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
For the tofu
  • ½ block firm tofu, pressed and sliced in half
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt
  • ½ sheet nori, cut into two (so you have two strips of nori)
For the batter
  • 30ml water
  • 30ml soya milk
  • 60g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • salt and pepper

    Oil for deep-frying
Instructions
  1. Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice and salt in a bowl/tupperware dish and marinade the tofu in it for a few hours (or minutes if you forget to do it earlier).
  2. Whisk together the ingredients for the batter in a bowl.
  3. Heat the oil for deep-frying (test it's hot enough by dropping a bit of batter into it - if it sizzles, it's ready).
  4. Meanwhile, wrap the strips of nori around the tofu and secure it with a toothpick or two (just remember to remove them after frying!)
  5. Dredge the nori-wrapped tofu in the batter and deep-fry for two to three minutes, until golden.


25 comments

  1. Hi! This is awesome. Definitely going to try this. I used to have beer battered hallumi before I was vegan too this looks way better.

    Are you only having smoothies for breakfast and lunch? This really doesn’t seem like it could possibly give you enough energy for the day. It’s just that I’m vegan and would hate for you to take away from this experience that you feel weak or tired from diet (/lifestyle). Maybe consider having porridge or cereal or nut butter on toast as well as your breakfast smoothie? And a sandwich or salad for lunch as well as your smoothie.
    If you want you could even make a smoothie bowl or nice cream as a meal (these have lots of bananas so give you more calories+energy)

    Hope this isn’t pushy only trying to help and make it easier to stick to and enjoy!

    1. Hi Rachel, thanks for your concern but please don’t worry – I’ve been having a smoothie for breakfast for at least 7 years as I don’t like to eat solid food when I first get up. And I’ve also had soup or a smoothie for lunch for years too – I’m not a big eater at lunchtime either. I’ve been vegetarian for 24 years and didn’t eat much dairy anyway, so it’s not a drastic change to my diet. But thanks for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it and I hope you like the tofush!

  2. This is a great recipe for veganauary! I am not a huge fan of tofu but this sounds like something worth trying. I love your breakfast smoothie! Keep up the vegan recipes! 🙂

  3. How have I never eaten at the Coach and Horses?! I feel like I am letting the side down. They’ve gone straight on my to-do-list for 2016 🙂 your version of Tofush sounds fab! The OH often just gets chips and mushy peas when we go to the chippy but I’ll have to cook this for him next time 🙂

  4. This looks incredible! I’ve heard of a few places serving this on their menu as a vegan alternative but sadly not anywhere near to me so thank you for sharing your recipe – it’s high on my to-try list 🙂

  5. I love battered halloumi so I’ll have to have a go at the tofu version, it looks delicious! 😀 I’ve been vegetarian since infancy so I don’t know what fish tastes like, so I’ll have to try it with and without the nori to see which way I prefer it.

  6. Ooh love this idea. Even though I hate the taste of fish, I do like nori seaweed, so what a great addition. Sadly we have no Coach and Horses around here and I don’t do deep-frying if I can help it – a trip up to London is needed!

    1. I don’t deep-fry very often (make that hardly ever) but this is worth it, I reckon. If you come up to London though, I’ll be happy to accompany you to the Coach & Horses 🙂

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