Ingredients: firm tofu, red onion, red bell pepper, jalapeño, lemon juice and mayonnaise
One of my favorite Filipino dishes is sisig. It’s a popular entree where various meats are marinated in a sour liquid like vinegar or lemon juice and then seasoned with salt, pepper and other spices. Traditionally this dish is made with pork and various parts of a pig but I honestly I’ve never been a fan of the traditional way. 1.) I don’t like pork. 2.) It seemed very unhealthy. In the past, I’ve really preferred and liked a chicken version of the dish. Now, that it is the Lenten season and I’m on my “no meat for 40 days” journey, I went with trying out a different type of sisig or a vegetarian version made with tofu.
First up for this was to deep fry the small firm tofu cubes until golden brown and crispy.
In a separate pan, the red onion and red bell pepper were sautéed.
The fried tofu and jalapeño were added next and mixed with the sautéed onion and bell peppers.
Lemon juice was added for the seasoning and a little bit of mayonaise was added into the mix.
I like this tofu sisig so much better than the pork version. It eliminates the unhealthy pork and it’s place is the healthier but tasty tofu. I often have a hard time introducing my vegetarian friends to Filipino food, so it’s nice to have options like this that can put a nice, vegetarian twist to a classic Filipino dish.