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(noun)  A vegetarian replacement for meat, eggs, and cheese, made from curdled soymilk pressed into blocks.

Tofu can be eaten fresh or cooked in many different ways and is an excellent source of protein. Originally from China.


Types + uses

  1. Extra-firm tofufrying, baking, grilling, marinating
  2. Firm tofu (Chinese style) – stir-frying, boiling, filling
  3. Soft tofu (Japanese style) Рpur̩eing
  4. Silken tofu (smooth, custardy, vacuum-packed) – puréeing, simmering, egg substitution 



bean curd, soybean curd


Related terms


Tofu recipes


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