Looking to incorporate more tofu into your diet ? Check out 15 of these super easy, quick to make, delicious yet healthy beginner-friendly vegan tofu recipes !
Tofu is one of the most popular plant based protein of all time . It works really great as a meat substitute as it is high in protein and is neutral in flavor. They are also relatively easy to buy and affordable.
What is tofu ?
Tofu is a product of soybeans and is made by curdling condensed soy milk. The process is quite similar to cheesemaking, expect soy milk is used instead of regular cow's milk.
It originated from China and is used in many Chinese and Asian dishes in general.
They recently gain popularity as a meat substitute, especially among vegans, vegetarians or those who are looking to cut back on meat. This is because they are really high in protein, versatile and affordable.
Types of tofu
They can generally be classified into 3 categories :
- Extra firm and firm : My favorite kinds ! As the name suggest, they are really firm, dense and chewy, hence making them the perfect substitute to replace meat. They can be baked, fried, braised, scrambled and even in stir-fries. You can use both of them interchangeably in most recipes.
- Medium & soft : They are pretty delicate when compared to the firm ones, but can still hold up quite nicely. Most commonly used in Asian soups and stews like miso soup and Mapo tofu. They can also be used in tofu scramble and actually replicates the texture of scrambled eggs much better.
- Silken : They have a custard-like texture and is super delicate. Due to their creamy texture, they are commonly used to make vegan sauces / dressing, in desserts, or blended into smoothies to boost up the protein content.
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