Mood-boosting pancakes

Vietnamese pancakes with curried crispy tofu & chilli almond dipping sauce

By The Hopsack’s Head Chef, Nicky Halliday.

This colourful, mouthwatering dish has many nutritional benefits:

  • It is high in fibre, good fats, antioxidants & anti-inflammatories.
  • Tofu, almonds & eggs are all high in tryptophan, an essential amino acid, which can help lift your mood, reduce anxiety and aid sleep.
  • The brown rice flour helps the tryptophan to be absorbed.


  • You’ll need a frying pan, whisk and some large bowls.
  • ​Takes 30-45 mins to prepare.
  • Serves 4 (appx. 8 pancakes).

Chilli almond Dipping sauce

  • 125g almond butter
  • 20g ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 small red chilli
  • 2 tbs tamari
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • Juice of 1 small lime
  • 1 tbs water


  • 1 carrot, peeled
  • ​4 spring onions
  • ​½ red pepper
  • ½ yellow pepper
  • 20g coriander
  • 20g basil (Thai if available)
  • ​20g mint

Crispy tofu

  • 200g Tofu Natur
  • ​2 tbs tapioca
  • 1 tbs medium curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs coconut oil


  • 200g brown rice flour
  • ​2 eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tin coconut milk
  • ​1 tsp Coconut oil


Chilli almond Dipping sauce

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and set aside.


  • Julienne the vegetables, pick the herb leaves and set aside.


1. Put the flour, egg, salt & turmeric in to a bowl.
2. Slowly add the coconut milk, whisking to avoid lumps.
3. Heat a small frying pan on medium-high heat and add the coconut oil.
4. Pour in enough of the batter in to thinly coat the bottom of the pan.
5. Flip the pancake after about 2-3 minutes.
6. Cook for a further minute, then slide out of the pan.
7. Set aside and repeat until all the batter is used up (appx. 8-10 pancakes).

Crispy tofu

1. Cut the tofu into 8 long pieces.
2. Mix the dry ingredients together, then roll the tofu in the flour mix to coat.
3. Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan and fry the tofu on medium heat until crispy (appx. 5 mins) turning halfway through.

To serve

Add one piece of the crispy tofu, some vegetables and herbs to each pancake.
Roll and dip in the sauce… yum!!!