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Aug 12, 2007 09:08 PM

Soy protein at Amarin Thai, Mountain View

What the heck is it?

Really enjoy Amarin Thai on Castro St, Mountain View. So far, it's the only Thai place I've found in the Palo Alto/Los Altos area that is consistently solid. Also, love that they have a vegetarian menu.

Several dishes on the vegetarian menu feature "soy protein" instead of tofu. It's a white, chewy substance, almost reminds me of thick rolled up chow fun noodles. I love the stuff, as it offers an alternative to tofu and satiates my frequent noodle cravings. Anyone know what this is, and has anyone seen it served in other restaurants in the area?


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  1. Could be "bai ye", or tofu "sheet" which is often cut into noodle shapes. In Shanghai cusine the tofu "noodles" are tied in knots and cooked in soups.

    Did it look like this?

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    1. re: Gary Soup

      Hmm, no, it's not the Shanghai tied tofu. I'm familiar with those.

      Amarin's soy protein is not as dry in texture. Softer, whiter in color (though it ends up taking on a bit of color from whatever it's cooked in), and literally has the look and texture that a dense packet of chow fun noodles would, layers and all. And kind of reminds me of rice cakes from Korean dduk guk.

      I did some research online, found two items that read like they might be it, but without seeing pictures it's hard to tell. Are you familiar with tempeh or textured soy protein?