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Apr 30, 2007 01:22 PM

Vegetarian Tofu Dishes Cambridge/Somerville

I'm looking for good vegetarian tofu dishes in the greater Cambridge, Somerville area that may inspire me to try and recreate them at home. Appreciate any suggestions!

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  1. I like the tofu skewers at River Gods a lot. I've managed to figure out how to replicate them pretty well at home on the grill.

    1. Three tofu dishes that I (an omnivore) will order preferentially over meat dishes:

      The buffalo tofu appetizer at Christopher's is surprisingly tasty, addictive, and not weird.

      The Yu Hsiang spicy homemade tofu with broccoli from East Asia finds its way into every one of our take-out orders.

      The spicy eggplant with tofu from Sugar and Spice is quite good, although I get this one with chicken about half the time.

      1. At the fine-dining level, a seared silken tofu entree at OM Restaurant, "General OM's tofu", was really outstanding at a recent dinner: crisped silken tofu (how'd they do that?!), purple rice, baby choy, and a fiery, sweet/sour sauce. It was the highlight of our dinner, and the tastiest tofu dish I've had outside of an Asian restaurant in a while. I don't see it on the current menu, however.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I'm curious about this dish (and I recall thinking so after your original post) - is it similar to agedashi tofu or something quite new and different? Sounds wonderful - sorry I missed it!

          1. re: a l i c e

            I don't believe I've knowingly had agedashi tofu, but I'm guessing the OM dish wasn't deep-fried. However, it would make sense that it had been coated with some kind of starch to give it that crisp texture, perhaps dusted with corn or potato starch and pan-fried.

            I broke my rule: "Never change your first-choice order just because someone ahead of you ordered it." However, two people ordered it ahead of me, so it would have meant three of four entrees were the same, which I judged a gamble. Sure enough, my second choice (a duck duo) paled in comparison. Criminy! Next time, I'm sticking to my rule, even if it means everyone at the table orders the same thing.

            1. re: a l i c e

              Speaking of agedashi tofu, I had a pretty nice version at Bluefin, but that was years ago. Any recent experiences?

            2. re: MC Slim JB

              This is so very good, I will go back just to have it again.

            3. I'm not sure you'll be inspired to make it at home, but I adore the bean curd skin with mushrooms (Q36) from Qingdao Garden. It's chewy and flavorful with a very subtle sweetness. I also like their tofu mixed with preserved egg (Q43) which combines the silky mild tofu with a strong salty preserved egg. It's really the egg I like in that dish but the tofu does set it off nicely. This would be easier to make at home than the skins.

              1. Frozen tofu with mushrooms at Zoe's. Super-simple, easy to make at home (plus you can use real mushrooms, I can't freakin believe they use canned mushrooms), and really good.