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Jan 7, 2004 02:09 PM

Sweet Tofu Dessert of Chinese origin?

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This might be my hardest request yet. I am looking for a dish that I have enjoyed only once. Unfortunately, I can not remember the name!! It is a sweet dessert served in a bowl made with silken tofu. The texture is similar to a meringue. Anyone know what this dish is called? I found this dish in Chinatown, so I believe it is from this origin...

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  1. I don't know it's real name either, but I can tell you how to find it. I've always called it sweet tofu or ginger tofu [the syrup is ginger-flavored] and people seem to understand. I think I've seen it called tofu pudding, too.

    I'm not sure if local Chinatown serves it [haven't looked].

    You can find it at almost all dim sum places: China Garden, Fortune, Mark's, Dragon Star, New Fortune, etc.

    The Maria's bakery in Eden sells it, so I guess other Maria's outlets, would too, but I've never been to a different one.

    There's now a dedicated tofu shop, Thanh Son Tofu [sp?], in Eden that sells not only ginger flavored sweet tofu, but pandan flavored sweet tofu.


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    1. re: JT

      As already mentioned, tofu hwa or tofu pudding is indeed of Chinese origin. The delicate silken tofu can be eaten as either a savory treat (soy sauce, scallions, etc) or as a sweet dessert. I prefer the sweet with ginger syrup too.

      I go to Thanh Son Tofu in Eden Center every week for their fresh, hot tofu pudding with ginger syrup. Love it! It's a great healthy dessert. Get there early on the weekends--very busy with a line out the door. Their fried tofu and soy milk is also really yummy.

      Patty Cake, I also love Chinese Almond Tofu. You can also try it at the dim sum restaurants. It's actually not tofu per se, it's a chilled almond flavored gelatin (made with agar) and milk served usually with fruit cocktail on top. It's a refreshing and delicious dessert.

    2. In Mandarin, the phonetic name for the dish is doe-hua, taiwanese is dow-huy...not sure what the cantonese call it.

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      1. re: drinky crow

        Hey Patty Cake!!!
        I believe that JT just answered your question. Thanh Son Tofu calls it tofu pudding and is served with ginger syrup. They also have a new flavored pudding called Pandan served with syrup and coconut milk. Both are really delicious...

        1. re: drinky crow

          Cantonese is pronounced "dao fu fa." You can find them in clear plastic containers in Chinese groceries like Kam Sam.

        2. does anyone have a recipe for the ginger sauce? or know where just the syrup can be bought? thanks!

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          1. re: aqaseafoam

            For recipes, please post on the Home Cooking board.


          2. I believe you can find this dish during dim sum at Hollywood East on University Boulevard in Wheaton, MD.

            1. I'm not one to recommend Lucky 3, but they have this dish on the dessert table by the lunch buffet. It's not the best I've had, but it's certainly good!