Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Soymilk and Okara Patties

I'm so sorry that I've been gone for so long!

I've been making a lot of food but I kept thinking what's the best way to present them to you...

Anyway, I promised so many recipes on Facebook, so I'm going to start with the earliest I've promised, which are Okara patties!

What is Okara?

Okara is a soy pulp you get when you make soymilk.

You can buy it readily in some countries, but not over here in mine.

So, today, I'm going to teach you how to make your own soymilk, so that you will get okara, and then you can make these delicious vegan patties!

How to make soymilk:

Picture from here.

Actually, I have many different recipes of making soymilk, but I'm going to teach you the easiest and most flavourful one.

My ratio: 
60g of uncooked organic soybeans to 750ml of mineral/spring water

1. Wash soybeans thoroughly.

2. Soak them overnight in a pot for at least 8 hours. Water should be 3 times the volume of soybeans.

3. Rinse soybeans again. Pick out the bad soybeans. Fill pot with 750ml of fresh water.

4. Boil soybeans in water. When water is boiling, keep stirring for 10 minutes.

5. Transfer mixture into a blender and blend till smooth.

6. Pour blended mixture into a porous cloth bag over a colander placed over a pot.

7. You can let the mixture cool before handling it. Press cloth bag holding mixture with a ladle into the pot. When you feel that you can't press with the ladle anymore, squeeze out more soymilk using your hands. Squeeze till the pulp inside the bag is dry. This pulp is what we call Okara! ^^

7. Enjoy your homemade soymilk! Feel free to add sugar if you like sweetened soymilk! :)

How to make Okara patties:

Ingredients (Makes about 6 patties): 

- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 4 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 red onion, minced
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables, rinsed and defrosted
- 1 tablespoon each of salt and pepper
- 1 1/2 cups of okara
- 1 cup of bread crumbs

1. Heat up oil in a wok over medium fire.

2. Throw in garlic and red onion first.

3. Next, throw in the mixed vegetables.

4. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Throw in okara and stir-fry till it loses most of its moisture.

6. Let it cool for a little bit, and then shape them into patties.

7. Roll patties in breadcrumbs*.

8. Line patties on baking paper in a tray**. Send them into the toaster oven/ oven at 120℃. Bake for 10 minutes. Flip them and bake for another 10 minutes.

These patties taste great on its own, in a salad, or in a bun! Enjoy!

*Get breadcrumbs quickly by tearing stale bread into pieces and pulsing them in a food processor!

**Pan-frying is possible too! ^^

P.S. A good question was asked on Facebook! How do you know it's a bad soybean? Well, it's black in colour unlike its good yellow bean friends! Discard it if you see it among your soybeans.

Also, you may notice the skin of soybeans floating about in the water when you soak them overnight. You may dispose them too. They give a really beany taste to your milk, which most Western people don't like.

Join me on Facebook to clarify your doubts~! Or, of course you can leave a comment here! ^^

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