zucchini patties – asian flavours
I have to admit straight away that these patties were born from both desperation and accident.
Desperation, because it is zucchini time again. To anyone with a garden who has ever grown zucchini and planted more than ONE plant you know what I mean. I have three plants growing, a heap of zucchini at the moment, and more coming every day.
Accident, because when trying to use them up I decided to make some Chinese style dumplings. Using the steamed zucchini dumplings at Shandong Mama as a model I put together a mix of grated zucchini, tofu, sesame oil, soy, coriander and spring onions and made up some dumplings. They were nice enough but not earth-shatteringly good like the real thing that Mama makes. Each dumpling only takes a teaspoon or two of filling, so I was left with a bowl full of mixture to use up, and frankly I couldn’t be bothered stuffing any more dumplings. They are ridiculously labour intensive for a novice and my failure rate is about 1 in 4. I think I will leave it to the experts.
Anyway, as a result of my dumpling experimentation, I had a bowl of leftover mix and decide to use it for patties. I added a bit of mung bean flour to firm it up and fried it up as patties. They were delicious. Delicately flavoured, golden brown on the outside, soft inside.
I ate them with some chilli jam.
Be warned! This will not be the last zucchini recipe of the summer… 🙂
- 3 medium zucchini
- 1 pinch salt
- 300 grams medium to firm tofu (not silken)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 spring onion finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped coriander
- 1 cm piece of ginger grated
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 1½ tablespoons light soy sauce
- 4-5 tablespoons mung bean or chickpea flour
- Grate the zucchini coarsely into a large bowl, add the salt and mix.
- Leave for 10 minutes, squeeze the zucchini and pour off the liquid. This is just so they are not too wet.
- Crumble the tofu into small pieces into the bowl.
- Add all the other ingredients except the flour and mix.
- Add the flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture holds together. You may not need it all.
- Fry the patties in a lightly oiled pan over medium heat until golden brown on both sides. It should take 5-7 minutes per side until the centre is cooked, so don't have the heat too high.