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Whether if you are a long-time vegan or newbie to tofu, you definitely want to give silken tofu a shot! Due to its unique silky smooth texture, you can make some amazing dishes using it.
🤷♂️What is silken tofu, exactly?
All kinds of tofu, from extra-firm to silken, are essentially made from soy milk that has been coagulated, quite similar to the process of making cheese. The only difference between them is their water content. And you guessed it - silken tofu has the highest water content among all tofu. As a result, silken tofu has a soft, custard-like texture, and break apart really easily.
Silken tofu also comes in many different variety, from firm to soft with varying firmness. As the difference between them is pretty miniscule, you can use them interchangeably, unless it is specified by the recipe.
Where can I buy it?
You can find silken tofu in most well-stocked groceries and will usually find it alongside other types of tofu in the refrigerated section. As some brands of silken tofu are packed in aseptic packages, you might also find them in the Asian section or in the dairy aisle.
Your next best bet is your local Asian grocery store. If you still have no luck finding them, you can order them online through Amazon!
🤔What is it good for
Silken tofu is a pretty common ingredient used in Asian dishes. They are usually added to soups and used in braising.
Due to its silky smooth texture, it is also a really popular ingredient in vegan cooking, especially to make desserts like cheesecakes and mousse. Other than that, its creamy texture also makes them a perfect base for various sauces and dips. You might also find some creative main dishes featuring this super versatile ingredient!
❔Commonly asked questions
Silken tofu and soft tofu are two different things, but they have a similar texture and consistency. The main difference between them is that soft tofu has a coarser texture when compared to silken.
In a pinch, you can replace one for the other, but do bear in mind that the texture and mouthfeel of the end product might be slightly different.
Silken tofu is safe eaten raw, as it is made from cooked soy milk. Do drain it properly before consuming.
As the water content and consistency of regular and silken tofu is vastly different, it is not recommended to substitute one for another. This is especially true in stir-fries or baking, as silken tofu do not hold its shape well and will crumble really easily.
As silken tofu is extremely delicate and falls apart easily, it is not suitable for baking or frying. It will pretty much turn into mush in the cooking process! Stick to extra-firm or firm tofu instead.
Ok, that should cover all bases of everything you need to know about silken tofu. Now, on to the recipes!
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