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Tofu in packages (not water packed)

red dragon May 18, 2010 06:50 PM

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?

  1. jayt90 May 18, 2010 08:11 PM

    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

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      Lily80 May 18, 2010 08:57 PM

      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
        MeMeMe May 20, 2010 08:01 AM

        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. tbonetak May 18, 2010 09:31 PM

        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
          red dragon May 19, 2010 07:04 PM

          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

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          lilaki May 19, 2010 09:34 AM

          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
            red dragon May 19, 2010 07:06 PM

            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. mrsleny May 20, 2010 03:40 PM

            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
              MeMeMe May 21, 2010 12:17 PM

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

            2. foodlovinggal May 21, 2010 02:26 PM

              You need to buy 'firm' tofu. This is available at Asian grocery stores and health food stores. Whole Foods also sells it.

              You probably won't want to eat it as is as it is tasteless although it is perfectly safe to eat. You'll need to marinate it and then grill it (on a BBQ if you can).

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              1. re: foodlovinggal
                red dragon May 21, 2010 03:54 PM

                Thanks for the reply! I agree, the taste was of a firm tofu, but marinated.

              2. Otonabee May 22, 2010 07:49 AM

                Carrot Common has a nice collection of tofus you may want to take a look there.

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