What was first: The egg or the chicken? Aka what was first: The papaya burger with crispy sesame tofu or the recipe for it? I can only answer the second question: It was the burger.
I start from the beginning. The time of the crime is Saturday two weeks ago.
A long time ago already I wanted to try to replace burger buns with a slice of fruit or veggie to make a summer version of this classic dish.
When it’s 28°C in the shade, a burger isn’t necessarily the first dish that comes to mind, unless you change a few factors.
I pictured a slice of fruit, something like a watermelon or papaya, some avocado, grilled halloumi, fresh salad, lemon juice, salt, pepper and another slice of watermelon. Or papaya.
In the small supermarket next door the barbecue season starts in April. This means that unfortunately there was no Halloumi in the assortment yet. The nice salesman said the oven camembert would also taste very tasty…Yaaaa…NO. Thanks, but no thanks.
This didn’t fit into the fresh fruity picture I saw in my imagination.
So tofu it was.
“I don’t necessarily need tofu. I eat it, but it doesn’t knock me off my stool. At all.”
A statement from me BEFORE I bit into this papaya burger with crispy baked sesame tofu.
Crispy, golden-brown fried tofu, which was previously marinated in a soy sauce maple syrup marinade, no longer has much to do with the bland tasting original from the packaging.
With these four tricks it will turn out MOUTHWATERING:
- After you have cut the tofu into slices about 8 mm thick, dab it well with a kitchen roll. The more liquid you can remove, the better. This will allow it to absorb more of the marinade later.
- The longer you let it steep in the soy sauce maple syrup marinade, the better. You should definitely give it at least one hour.
- The marinated tofu is first grilled without breading so that it can caramelize a little. YUUUM.
Directly from the pan you dip it into (rice) flour, then into a (rice) flour water mixture and then into sesame seeds.
- Grill the tofu slowly, not at the highest level. This will ensure that it becomes evenly golden and has a nice crust. If you have ten levels on the stove, I recommend level 6-7. 🙂
The combination of
sweet, juicy papaya,
crunchy sesame tofu,
fresh salad and
is so, so good!
This papaya burger has great potential to become my favorite sunny weather dish of 2019.