LOL. Wondering why it’s called lazy man meatballs ? Well, I specially name it that way! In most or should I say all of our asian meatballs recipes, most of the times we couldn’t do without water chestnuts or diced carrots in them to give that extra taste and crunch.
And to me, water chestnuts though good, but often pose a challenge with all the peeling as there’s seldom a time I manage to get all properly peeled without cutting my hand. And wastage is often high as there’s often quite a few rotten ones in probably a whole batch that was bought. Yet those that are sold ready-peeled are often too big a bag to finish consuming. After all, it’s just a small portion we need for meatballs.
So set that idea aside, I really love meatballs, asian kind of meatballs I mean. I wanted something that’s really easy to prepare, save aside the tedious peeling of water chestnuts. And carrots aren’t exactly my favourite. Hence, after some trials, I manage to come off with these LazyMan meatballs which maybe should “professionally” be termed Tofu Meatballs, is a mixture of minced meat and tofu together with the perfect marinade and stuffs to attain a smooth meatball texture.
It’s a totally brainless recipe. Crush the tofu into the minced, wrap in all the seasonings, set aside and deep frying them till golden brown. And I absolutely love the golden hue of these meatballs. It’s like you cannot help but popping a few into your mouth as you walk past them because they look so irresistible !
So kudos to these LazyMan Meatballs, I can finally “escape” from the challenge of peeling water chestnuts now !! LOLs.
- 140g minced meat (pork or chicken)
- 1 egg tofu
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp light soya sauce
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 4 tsp corn flour
- ¼ tsp sesame oil
- dash of pepper
- Some cooking oil for deep frying
- Mix the minced meat together with the egg tofu, egg and all the rest of the ingredients using hand. Throw the mixture into the mixing bowl several times before setting aside for at least 3 hours in the fridge.
- Heat up some cooking oil for deep frying. Roll the minced mixture into balls and drop them gently into the hot oil.
- Deep fry till golden brown. Drain on paper towels to soak up excess oil before serving.
2) Test the hotness of the oil by putting a chopstick into the oil. If bubbles sizzle around the chopstick, the oil is ready for deep frying.
3) For an extra kick, you can add some seafood such as minced prawns or fish/sotong paste.
Do you think I can substitute egg tofu with regular tofu if egg tofu is not available in where i live?
Hi Susan, yes u can ! Just that egg tofu will be more fragrant as that’s eggs contents. :)
Instead of deep frying in oil, may I use air fryer?
Hi Adeline, yes u can use the air fryer. But I realise the texture will be slightly different with an air fryer though.
Hi, jus wondering is it freezer friendly?
Hihi HY, because it contains tofu, so not advisable to store in freezer. The texture will not be good also after that.
Hope that helps. :)