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Old 03-16-2010, 12:04 AM   #11
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You can always go on the sweet side of things by making tofu cheesecake? There's this town in Taiwan, all they sell is tofu and that was one of the most interesting things I've had.

For savory stuff. Here's something weird.
1. Food process blend the tofu into tiny bits.
2. Roll into a ball with corn starch and add in oyster sauce, diced peppers, and onion
3. Coat with layer of flour, egg, and panko breadcrumbs and then deep fry ^_^.

Haven't tried it yet, but I might one day.
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Old 03-16-2010, 01:19 PM   #12
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I have never eat , or bought tofu. I don't know anything about preparing it. I have some recipes that call for it so I am planning to buy it and try. Is it very expensive? I am anxious to try it.
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Old 03-16-2010, 02:13 PM   #13
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Schoolgirl: It's generally very cheap. You can get for as little as $1.50 per pound in some places. I imagine a lot of this has to do with where you are, though.
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:05 PM   #14
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I was in Walmart super center yesterday and did not see any, but was in a hurry. I guess I will have to ask someone where they keep it.
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:28 PM   #15
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Walmart carries Melissa's brand tofu in their produce section with the openly refrigerated items (like bags of lettuce, etc.). I am not crazy about the Melissa's brand, but it should be better if you press it.
ok, all together now!: How to Press Tofu in Five Easy Steps.
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:59 PM   #16
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Hot N' Sour soup is a good place for tofu...many different recipes for the soup are online but like all soups you can just play around with the flavors...
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:14 AM   #17
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Some really great ideas here! Thanks to vyapti for pointing me to this thread. I am trying to cook with more tofu and appreciate any insights or creative ideas anyone has to offer. Especially interested in tofu dessert recipes!
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Old 04-19-2010, 04:13 PM   #18
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I have never eat , or bought tofu. I don't know anything about preparing it. I have some recipes that call for it so I am planning to buy it and try. Is it very expensive? I am anxious to try it.
Here in L.A (where it's hip to be healthy, but hardly anybody does it) you can find tofu in most markets. I got mine for just over a buck for what is easily a 3 serving portion for me.

I stir fried some up with mushrooms and served over steamed rice and it was great.

I've got more at home I'll have to cook up tonight. Making more stir fry... ;)
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Old 04-19-2010, 08:12 PM   #19
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Unused tofu will keep for five days or more... if, you drain, rinse and immerse the brick in fresh water every day (do as I say, not as I do).

As for dessert, if you treat it as flan, topped with caramel for example, it works well. Or, as a
gelatin, a jello and fruit salad. I've experimented with it in a blender with mixed results: tofu, vanilla, milk, fruit, etc. Not so good. Made me scream for ice cream!
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:34 PM   #20
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Here's one of our favorites:

Breezy Szechuan Spicy Bean Curd
(adapted from "Madame Chu's Chinese Cooking School")

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 square extra-firm or firm bean curd, drained & cubed
vegetable or peanut oil for stir-frying
3-4 cloves garlic, peeled & roughly chopped
1 tablespoon (approx. an inch or two) peeled grated or minced fresh ginger
1 scallion, chopped (optional)
1-2 stalks Bok Choy or Chinese Cabbage, sliced

1/4-1/2 pound ground meat (any type – I use ground turkey)
1 tablespoon dry sherry
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon hot sesame oil OR regular sesame oil
Approx. 1/4 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder

Combine broth with soy sauce, sugar, & cornstarch & set aside. Heat a few tablespoons or so of oil in wok or large skillet. Add ground meat & stir for around 3 minutes. Add Bok Choy & stir an additional 2 minutes. Add scallions (if using) garlic, ginger, sherry, & red pepper flakes & stir a few times. Add bean curd, stir gently, then add broth mixture & bring to a boil while continuing to stir gently. When heated thru & slightly thickened, turn off heat & sprinkle sesame oil over the top. Stir one more time, sprinkle 5-spice powder over, & serve.

Unlike most stir-fry dishes, this one can be covered & kept warm until ready to serve.
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