Tofucino: Kid-Approved!

Tocino is a really quick and easy Filipino recipe. The vegan version is even easier… and healthier and less gross. Pork is used in traditional Filipino-style tocino. It’s a perfect sweet and savory blend that has a red/pink glow from the annatto. Thankfully, the key to tocino lies more in the spices than in the meat fat/flavor, so I knew it would work well with tofu.

Only two ingredients were needed for this recipe: extra firm tofu and Mama Sita’s Tocino marinating mix. Guys, Mama Sita is Filipino food gospel. You do need a bit of oil for frying, so I guess three ingredients are needed.

After slicing and drying out my tofu, I covered it with the tocino mix and let it sit for about 10 minutes while I cut up some tomatoes.

I fried the tofu in some safflower oil until cooked.

My niece was over and was adventurous enough to try it. She liked it! “It’s kind of like eggs,” she said. She even asked for more. Thankfully, the three slices along with some rice and tomatoes were enough to fill both our tummies.

Have a great weekend! –Melissa

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6 thoughts on “Tofucino: Kid-Approved!

  1. Kinenchen says:

    You’re so effing inventive.

  2. luminousvegans says:

    Yum! This reminds me of Hawaiin BBQ my mom used to make when I was young…it too was hued pink and was über fatty….the vegan version sounds better 🙂

  3. katskusina says:

    Hi Melissa,

    When i read “kid-approved” I was so ecstatic! I prefer mine simply salted and grilled. I’ll have to try your recipe, you see the only tofu dish that my family would eat is the one drenched in adobo sauce.

    Sad isn’t it?


    • Melissa says:

      Hi Cath! I find it makes a big difference if you dry out the tofu as much as possible to get that tofu taste out! Lots of garlicky fried rice also helps 🙂

  4. Arewa says:

    sweat through the pores of the skin, no sharp front teeth, but flat rear morlas for grinding have to have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length, the stomach acid 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater, and digest alkaline saliva with ptyalin grains. These features are only herblivore trains. No meat eater, this Eigenschaften.P.S. I apologize if this response seems more than once. I think it is for the posting and nothing appears.

    • Kinenchen says:

      You are correct, humans don’t have digestive tracts similar to herbivores like rabbits or horses. Humans DO have digestive tracts similar to insectivore/frugivores like monkeys.

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