There are times when you take a humble ingredient like tofu and give it the love and attention necessary by creating a brine that delivers a bite of umami and the most amazing texture you have ever had in a bite of tofu. This all paired with what I think is one of the best mayo recipes I have ever made, creamy, rich, and balanced with rice wine vinegar. If that’s not enough we have two sides of a flaky biscuit built a one-of-a-kind sandwich that will impress all of you guests at your next brunch or treat yourself to your personal brunch with a day of self-indigence.
For the biscuit, the key is to handle as little as possible. Get everything in the bowl, combine and then get it onto the floured surface. At this point, you really just want to shape it as little as possible. The thicker the dough is when you cut it, the thicker your biscuit will be. I like a really rustic look to mine so I’m not so worried if the top is a little uneven.
Katsu Tofu Biscuit Sandwich
- 1 Pack firm tofu
- 1 orange zested
- romaine lettuce shredded
- 1 recipe pickled red onion
Tofu Brine Method
- Preheat Oven to 450° F
- Place all of the brine ingredients in a pot, slowly heating over low heat. Stir to dissolve the salt, sugar, and marmite. Gently place the tofu in the brine, cook for 10 minutes over low heat. Flip the tofu carefully, the tofu will become very soft and can easily break. After cooking for a total of 20 minutes remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool. Once the liquid is cool enough to handle, using your hand remove the tofu, place it in a container that is just a little big than the tofu block. Pour enough the brine over the top to cover and place in the freezer overnight. After 24 hours, remove and allow to defrost. Place the tofu in a press, continue to increase the pressure for 10 minutes. Cut the tofu in half from the short side, then cut this into half creating 4 large rectangles.
- Mix curry powder, olive oil, and salt together to create a paste.
- Rub the paste on the tofu, place on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, set aside.
Dredging Flour Method
- Mix flour, salt, everything seasoning, turmeric, black pepper, and scallions together.
Vegan Buttermilk Method
- Place the garbanzo bean powder in a bowl, whisk the plant milk into the garbanzo bean flour, add the rice wine vinegar and salt. Allow to set for 5 minutes or longer.
Cooking the Tofu Method
- Heat a large pot of vegetable oil to 350 Degrees. Place the roasted tofu into the buttermilk, allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Remove a portion of the tofu from the buttermilk and place in the flour, press the tofu into the flour making sure to coat all sides of the tofu, repeat with all of the tofu. Once coated, gently place the tofu into the hot oil making sure to place the tofu in the oil away from you. Cook until a beautiful golden brown delicious. Place on a cooling rack and immediately season with a pinch of salt.
Curry Mayo Method
- Place the silken tofu in a large cup, add the lemon juice, Dijon mustard, curry powder and Kosher salt using a handled emulsion blender slowly start adding the oil to the tofu. The mixture should be emulsified and thick. Finish the curry mayo with minced garlic, adjust with salt to taste.
- Preheat oven 425° FIn a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients, stir to combine. Cut very cold butter into the flour. Combine the rice wine vinegar and the plant milk, make sure the milk is cold before adding to the butter-flour mixture.Mix the plant milk into the flour, working the dough just enough to incorporate the ingredients. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, dust the top with a bit of flour and then very gently turn the dough over on itself 2 or 3 times – hardly kneading. Add more flour as needed to prevent sticking.Form into a 1-2 inch thick disc, handling as little as possible. Use a 1inch thick biscuit cutter, push straight down through the dough, then slightly twist. Repeat and place biscuits on a baking sheet, making sure they just touch – this will help them rise uniformly. Gently reform any extra dough and cut out as needed.Bake for 10-12 minutes, the tops should be golden brown.
Building the Biscuit Sandwich
- Start with cutting the biscuit in half, spread a generous amount of curry mayo on both the top and the bottom biscuit. Next, add the pickled onion, then Katsu tofu, followed with shredded romaine lettuce, now don’t forget this next step it really adds that special moment when you take that first bite, finish with orange zest. Place the top side of the biscuit and you are all set.