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Nov 8, 2008 08:46 PM

Silken tofu(?) with fruit in Beijing

Several years ago when I was in Beijing, I had a dish that had a custardy fried tofu, fruit, and a sauce I believe was made from the fruits' juice. I only remember there being pineapple and watermelon, but there could have been other fruits in there.

I'm pretty sure the tofu was silken tofu as the waiter said the dish was "Riben dofu" or "Japanese Tofu".

Does anyone know what it's called? Better yet, if you know the recipe that would be awesome. I've been craving it lately. =)

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Are you talking about Chinese almond tofu dessert?

    Real almond tofu isn't made of soy bean (like typical tofu); rather, it's agar agar, flavored with almond extract and evaporated milk and sweetened by white sugar.

    Because of the high volume of liquid, the agar agar mixture is transformed into a soft tofu-like substance. This dessert is often served with fruit cocktail.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        I'm pretty sure it was tofu because the waiter said it was Japanese tofu. I've had almond tofu (aka almond jelly) before. The stuff in the dish in question was yellow and custard-like.

      2. do you have a picture at least?

        ......... custardy fried... hmmm.........


        egg tofu?
        you can buy it in vacuum-packed tubes in asian grocers.

        i think that should be it...

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          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            just silken tofu, but eggs added into the process. nice delicate flavour, less beany. i like it steamed with dashi, bonito, mirin, tamari and green onion.

          2. re: dumpycactus

            unfortunately no. it was several years ago. i've been trying to find out what it is for a really long time. maybe i'll have to start asking some sources in Beijing...

            1. re: dumpycactus

              oh...yes. we're getting closer! haha.

              Egg tofu is also called riben dofu in Chinese.

              Now to find out what the actual dish is. =)

              Time to hit all the Chinese restaurants in San Gabriel asking for riben dofu. =p

              1. re: bruincub

                I was curious so I Googled it and found this CH thread over in the SF Board:

                1. re: fmed

                  thanks fmed!

                  maybe the folks in the SF Board will have an idea.