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May 18, 2010 06:50 PM

Tofu in packages (not water packed)

I tried some thick sliced tofu from the salad bar at Longo's and really liked it. I think they marinated it in terriyaki sauce and sesame seeds (it was cold).

Does anyone know what type of tofu this would be (Longo's didn't know). I bought some from the Chinese supermarket, it was in a package, kind of vacuum sealed, like the picture here:

Not sure if it's the lighter colored tofu or the darker one.

Has anyone tried this as a cold salad?

I've also googled about eating tofu raw, not sure if it is safe or not?

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  1. Costco, T&T, and Soon Lee have variations on firm packed tofu. I can't advise you on what to eat raw. The Costco pack has three pouches of very firm tofu. not fried, for $3.

    Soon Lee
    629 Markham Rd, Toronto, ON M1J, CA

    T And T Supermarket Milliken
    5661 Steeles Ave E, Toronto, ON M1V, CA

    1. Try Ying Ying Soy Food, located on the lower level of the St. Lawrence Market. Their flavoured varieties are vacuum-packed as you described, and the sweet and sour variety (my favourite) has sesame seeds in the mix. Fairly inexpensive too.

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      1. re: Lily80

        I think we buy their curried tofu at the Wychwood Barns market on Saturdays. It's really tasty. Presidents choice makes some great packaged flavoured tofu as well.

      2. Tofu's already kind of cooked, since that's part of the process that makes it coagulate, so you'd never really be eating it raw, per se. But tofu straight out of the package can be spectacular. Japanese hiyayakko is one of my favourite summer dishes. Cold tofu (any non-fried kind will do. I prefer slightly firmer myself just because it's easier to pick up with chopsticks.) topped with sliced green onions, grated ginger, bonito flakes and soy (although I prefer ponzu). Easy to assemble and incredibly refreshing.

        If what you bought is vacuum-packed, then it's most likely fried. Per the link you included, it's likely either some variation of atsuage or aburaage. (My knowledge of Chinese tofu isn't all that comprehensive, I'm afraid.) The fresh stuff (i.e., non-fried) stuff is water packed and, at least in my opinion, wonderful. If you can find it freshly made, so much the better. I recently tried the fresh tofu from Sanko and was very happy with the taste and texture.

        730 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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        1. re: tbonetak

          Hi everyone! Thanks so much for all the great tips. St. Lawrence Market is on my list this weekend as well. We did buy a pack from T&T a few days ago. Sanko brand sounds very good too!

          730 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

          St. Lawrence Market
          92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

        2. i've bought tofu from longos before ... smoked, organic, soft, medium, extra firm, herbed, marinated, etc. etc. they have all different kinds. in fact, i could've sworn they had tofu that was already marinated with sesame seeds. you sure it wasn't from their tofu section?? i think it was the pete's brand.

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          1. re: lilaki

            Hi lilaki - I saw the organic brand, it was smoked and debated about it. I should go back and try it.

            No, the tofu I bought was part of the cold salad bar section, where you pick your selections and it's priced by weight.

          2. Loblaws has a teriyaki flavoured package tofu though I have not seen it in my local store lately. According to the President's Choice website they also have a coconut curry one. I will have to look for it next time.

            The teriyaki one is really good.

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            1. re: mrsleny

              Agreed - I'm picking some up for the grill this weekend!