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Old 03-23-2007, 12:06 PM   #31
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Hi Clive, I actually find even paneer tasteless. I would grade tofu and paneer pretty close in terms of flavor quotient.

I think what helps paneer is that it is normally used in Indian preparations that are loaded with sauces - example palak paneer (creamed spinach with spices) or mattar paneer or with methi leaves (peas and a bitter green that is unique to Indian cuisine).

Tofu is the same thing. If you marinate it and then cook it with veggies in a sauce (could be type of kung pao sauce or anything else that has a lot of flavor) it tastes good.

I like smoothies made out of Silken tofu (there is a slight after taste but it's a good way to get soy protein in your diet, although I would just add yogurt which tastes better).

I also like tofu in anything that is flavorul - One of the favorite items I love it in is Hot and Sour Soup. The Soup has so much deep flavor that it permeates through the tofu and gives it a punch.

For the individual who asked if tofu can be baked. I would say why not. I have attempted it and it comes out well. I actually marinated it with soy and some garlic and ginger. Then coated it in a mixture of cornstarch and egg and allowed it to bake (space it apart and spary with oil). Flip it after several minutes and let it brown on the other side. You can use this in any chinese preparation at the end (after the veggies are stir-fried) and you get a nice crunch from the batter on the tofu.
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Old 03-23-2007, 01:17 PM   #32
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I dont really do tofu but its pretty good as a ricotta substitute I took soft tofu mixed in some parmesan,garlic,parsley egg and a bit of salt and used it between a sort of eggplant, tomato sauce casserole.Italian based type meal but I also used mozzarella
The thing with tofu is its really bland but will take on any flavors you give it very well.
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