Foodie Friday: Satay Tofu

Satay tofu: grilled tofu smothered in spicy peanut sauce This one's for my vegetarian friends! Satay tofu features crisp tofu with soft insides, doused with a good amount of delicious peanut sauce. I love satay with its fun skewers and grilled meats (or tofu, in this case). I'm also a big fan of peanut butter (which was why I was so dismayed in Spain), and I'm addicted to the traditional satay sauce. So satay tofu is a winning combo for me! Fun fact: Satay is known as sate in Malay. … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Stinky Tofu

Stinky tofu: smelly but tasty fermented tofu Stinky tofu is definitely a good that grows on you because you need to get over the atrocious smell to eat it. There's a nicer euphemistic name people call it: fragrant tofu. The odor comes from a fermentation process that can last from several days to a week. The recipe used for making a proper brine is sometimes fiercely guarded by the cooks. If you're interested in learning more about how stinky tofu is made, check out this video from the Hungry … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Tofu Toast

My first... Tofu toast: bread made out of tofu I was invited by Veronica Roth to do her toast challenge, which is about combining a photo or sketch with "an ode to your breakfast." Since I already blogged about Taiwan toast before, I thought I'd do something more innovative. In the aisles of my local Japanese market, I found a different kind of bread. Made from tofu, it's got the smoothness of white bread. However, it also exhibits a nice firmness that reveals its true origins. The bread … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Tofu Fah

Tofu fah: smooth pudding-like tofu snack A versatile dish, tofu fah can be served in either warm or cold weather. (People enjoy it iced in the summer months or heated in the winter season.) Apparently, in northern China it's called "tofu brains." Thankfully, my family's from the southern region, where it's known as fah or "flower." The best way to think of this dish is as a kind of tofu soup. It can be salty or sweet, depending on the accompanying liquid. I prefer the sugary version. The … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Almond Tofu

Almond Tofu: a white jello with a nutty taste  Almond tofu. The easiest Chinese-y dessert you can make in a jiffy. Grab a box from the local Asian store (or grocery aisle), and follow the directions. The instant mix results in an opaque, almond-flavored jello. Almond tofu is a misnomer because there are no soybeans involved in the recipe. Also, apricot kernels (a.k.a. southern Chinese almonds) are used for the flavor. It packs an intense earthy kick, so I recommend combining it with fruit … [Read more...]