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Sweet Tofu Dessert of Chinese origin?

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Patty Cake Jan 7, 2004 02:09 PM

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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    JT Jan 7, 2004 03:12 PM

    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.

    -JT

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      rheelee Apr 24, 2008 03:29 PM

      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.

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      drinky crow Jan 8, 2004 04:12 PM

      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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        dangtoeknee Jun 30, 2007 01:33 AM

        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...

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          dpan Jun 30, 2007 05:02 AM

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

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          aqaseafoam Apr 17, 2008 10:22 AM

          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
            The Chowhound Team Apr 17, 2008 10:22 AM

            For recipes, please post on the Home Cooking board.

            Thanks!

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            Night Owl Apr 17, 2008 02:00 PM

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

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              Reene902 Apr 17, 2008 02:33 PM

              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!

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