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Southern Style Ticken and Waffles
南部風〝ティキン”&ワッフル

Chicken and Waffles is probably the best example of a great sweet-savory dish.

To tell you the truth, I’ve never had chicken and waffles in my life, and then I started a plant-based diet.

But I was always interested in the concept, and this morning I decided to make my vegan version.

If I would make chicken and waffles, I knew my “chicken” had to be the southern style fried chicken.

I used super extra tofu from Trader Joe’s.

The tofu was microwaved for about a minute to remove excess water.

I tore pieces up so that each piece had an irregular shape to make them look like chicken.

They were marinated first for about 15 minutes, and then coated with spiced flour before deep-fried.

And voila!

How beautiful isn’t my “Ticken”?

And here is the end result.

The waffles were light, crunchy, and slightly sweet.

My Southern fried Ticken was placed on the waffle.

Served with fresh baby arugula/spinach and radish salad, homemade curried fig mayo, and a little drizzle of maple syrup.

This was absolutely delicious, y’all!

When you make a bite with everything, waffle, Ticken, salad, mayo, and maple syrup, the flavors explode in your mouth.

I would personally give it the title of the king of sweet-and-savory brunch.

After the big meal, I thought a little walk would be a good idea.

So my husband and I strolled down to the local farmers market.

I was really hoping to find figs, but no luck…

Instead, however, I found beautiful flowers, and my husband bought these bouquets for me.

The yellow color always brightens up my white kitchen and my spirit!

Happy Sunday everyone.

Note to myself…
Southern Style Ticken: super extra tofu (torn with hands), marinade (soy milk, a lot of Louisiana hot sauce; it curdles; keep it refrigerated), spiced flour (1.5 cup (more than enough but easy to work with) all purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of paprika, salt)
1. Microwave tofu for about one minute and remove excess water. Sprinkle salt generously. Cover and refrigerate for 10~15 minutes.
2. Marinate the tofu in the marinade for about 15 minutes.
3. Put marinated tofu in the spiced flour and coat well. Splash the marinade on the tofu and coat with the flour again to create the clumpy bits. Deep-fry in 350F oil until browned and crispy.

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