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Old 04-11-2010, 11:28 AM   #1
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Cooking with Tofu

Does anyone have any good suggestions for cooking with tofu? I am trying to use more tofu as a meat substitute for several reasons. I've got several stir fry dishes that I really like and work well for me now (though I'll happily take suggestions for more!!). But apart from stir fry, how do you cook / eat tofu?

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Old 04-11-2010, 11:52 AM   #2
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I just lightly fry firm tofu that has been cut into strips until all of the outside is golden and slightly more firm, and then thoroughly drain it on paper towels. For me, it makes a nice chicken substitute in many non-oriental dishes.

You may or may not have also considered another, and more traditional meat substitute, mushrooms.
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Old 04-11-2010, 08:21 PM   #3
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Being a vegetarian, I eat quite a bit of tofu. My favorite is fried tofu used in a stirfry with vegatables. Fried tofu has the most appealing texture for me ( although it might not be the healthiest way to prepare the tofu). The fried tofu is also easier to work with because it is more durable ( doesnt break apart as easily)

Non fried tofu, could be used with vegetables also. It has more of a soft, jello-like consistency. I usually add the tofu towards the end, since the more u work with unfried tofu, the more likely it is to break up.

Ill also add the unfried tofu in soups such as hot and sour, or an asian vegetable-like soup.

one misconception, in my opinion, is that tofu has no taste and basically tastes like whatever you cook it in. I agree that it absorbs the sauce its cooked in, but tofu does have a taste to it which wont be totally masked, so if u dont like the taste ( or at least cant put u with the taste of tofu), u may be disappointed in the final result.

Years ago, i also had a recipe to make ' tofu croutons'. it was kind of a ' shake and bake" recipe. placing tofu cubes in a bag filled with salt and spice mixture. coating the tofu, then baking at a low temp. it was more of a snack food than anything else. If i find the recipe, ill post it .

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Old 04-11-2010, 08:42 PM   #4
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I am watching this thread with great interest as I would like to incorporate more tofu into our meals.
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:13 AM   #5
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This thread had some ideas: Tofu.....what to do?

My blog has plenty of tofu ideas: My Veggie Kitchen, Tofu
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:07 AM   #6
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Thanks everybody! This is a really great start for me. I appreciate the links, vyapti.

Larry, I also usually fry my tofu and agree with you that it's easier to work with that way. However I am also cognizant of the fact that drowning my tofu in oil is "not the healthiest way" to prepare it. I am very intrigued with your tofu crouton idea, would love the recipe if you find it.

One issue I have is that I am in Kuwait and tofu is very hard to get. There is only one grocery store chain that sells it and not all their stores carry it. Also you can't get extra firm tofu, all they have is long-life soft and sort-of-firm tofu that isn't even refrigerated...they keep it on the aisle with all the Asian noodles and sauces. I keep it in the fridge at home and that seems to firm it up a bit, but it's still very crumbly and difficult to cook with.

Do you always put it "in" something else (like a stir-fry) or do you ever just cook it like a chicken breast and eat it that way? I'm curious, if you do, how you prepare it? How well does it bake? Any ideas on seasonings you recommend? It's very easy for me to get spices here and I have been experimenting with that a fair amount.
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:55 AM   #7
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This thread had some ideas: Tofu.....what to do?

My blog has plenty of tofu ideas: My Veggie Kitchen, Tofu
Wow.....lots of yummy looking ideas there! I'm still very very new to cooking with tofu and my choices here are very limited, but you've given me some great ideas and I can't wait to try a few of these recipes. Thank you so much for sharing.
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:56 AM   #8
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Thanks cmarchibald for bringing this up. I've started to eat more and more veggie stuff and need to expand my food repertoire a bit, as I tend to make the same dishes all the time! And tofu is something I really would like to use when I'm cooking.

I'm also not too keen on stir fries, but really like your blog vyapti, loads of great ideas. Thankyou.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:26 PM   #9
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I read somewhere that if you freeze tofu, then defrost it, it changes the consistency to a more meaty/ chewy texture. I never tried it, so i cant say that this info is accurate

Also, I agree, frying tofu is definitely not the healthiest way to go. I find most peoples objections to tofu is its jello-like consistency. Me, i like all ways fried, fresh, firm, silk... The consistency is just another variable i get to work with.

Ill keep looking for the tofu crouton recipe, im sure i have it somewhere
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:30 PM   #10
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I was introduced to tofu when I lived in Hawaii. As many said, I didn't like it more because of its texture than flavor, as it wasn't all that flavorful. I sure wouldn't consider it to be a meat substitute. Many years later my mom had to give up meat and used it a bit. But the only time I truly liked it a neighbor in Hawaii who was a cook sliced it into noodle-like pieces and put it into his hot & sour soup. I've often wondered, though, if you puree it in a food processor, could you use it as a thickener? Or does it break down?
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