Scrambled Teggfu

Recipe by Aaron Brunet, Plant-based chef and Masterchef 2013Course: BreakfastDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 Tablespoons peanut oil (or other
    light vegetable oil)

  • 1 medium brown onion, very finely chopped

  • 1 block firm tofu

  • 1 block Japanese firm silken tofu (in blue tetra pak at supermarket)

  • 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric

  • 1.5 teaspoons volcanic black salt

  • 1/4 cup coconut cream

  • Sourdough bread, toasted

  • Parsley to garnish

  • Salt and pepper to serve


  • Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion, then cook on low heat for 5 minutes till soft and sweet.
  • Turn up the heat and use your hands to crumble the firm tofu into the pan, cooking for a couple of minutes. Do the same with the silken tofu, adding the turmeric and volcanic salt at the same time.
  • Remove from heat and add coconut cream, mixing through till well combined.
  • Serve on toasted sourdough with a sprinkle of chopped parsley, volcanic salt and ground black pepper.


  • Scrambled tofu is a great thing, especially when it has a few x-factor aspects to it. Volcanic salt has a strong sulphur smell. It’s the star of the show, and if you’ve ever been to Rotorua you can guess exactly how it smells – like eggs. In a supporting role, Turmeric turns everything yellow with a slightly musky flavour.
  • What about texture? That’s where a mix of different types of tofu makes a difference: here I use both firm and soft, with a bit of softened onion which also adds sweetness. A dash of coconut cream gives a creamy character and joins the dots to make it all come together.
  • The end result puts a big smile on my face, with textures and tastes that show that plant-based food can be deeply satisfying.

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