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Silken tofu(?) with fruit in Beijing

bruincub Nov 8, 2008 08:46 PM

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. ipsedixit RE: bruincub Nov 8, 2008 09:55 PM

    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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      Joebob RE: ipsedixit Nov 9, 2008 03:27 PM


      1. re: ipsedixit
        bruincub RE: ipsedixit Nov 9, 2008 04:51 PM

        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. dumpycactus RE: bruincub Nov 9, 2008 05:02 PM

        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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          The Dairy Queen RE: dumpycactus Nov 10, 2008 03:33 AM

          What is egg tofu? I'm fascinated!


          1. re: The Dairy Queen
            dumpycactus RE: The Dairy Queen Nov 10, 2008 04:07 PM

            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
            bruincub RE: dumpycactus Nov 10, 2008 10:29 AM

            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
              bruincub RE: dumpycactus Nov 10, 2008 10:40 AM

              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
                fmed RE: bruincub Nov 10, 2008 01:59 PM

                I was curious so I Googled it and found this CH thread over in the SF Board: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/475901

                1. re: fmed
                  bruincub RE: fmed Nov 10, 2008 02:08 PM

                  thanks fmed!

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

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