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Oct 27, 2010 11:11 AM

Yuba (tofu skin): Where can i get it in NYC?

I found it at Bi-Rite market in SanFran but I cant find it in NYC!! Anyone? Ideally am looking for a vendor/store, but even if you know of resto that sells it, thats a start as i can then ask them for their supplier....

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  1. There is a vegetarian Chinese food-stuff store on Centre Street, between Hester and Grand (on the west side of the street) that used to and probably still does carry it. Hong Kong supermarket on 157 Hester may carrry it...

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    1. re: penthouse pup

      this sounds like may wah, which is probably the premier supplier of vegetarian/vegan meat products for most restaurants that don't make their own in the NYC area.

      213 Hester St
      New York, NY 10013-4966
      (212) 334-4428

      i've seen yuba available readily in chinatown at supermarkets, sold dried in plastic packages. i grew up eating this in soups (in cantonese, it's known as "fu juk" or "fu zhu") and adore its silky quality. my grandmother also told me that it's supposed to give your complexion a satiny quality, which could explain why i look so darn great (haha) but that's just probably genetics. :)

    2. Any major Chinese supermarket will have it, at least dried. You can reconstitute it in water. Penthouse Pup is right: Hong Kong Supermarket does have it. (The location on Hester closed a while back, I think after a fire. The one on Elizabeth is still open.) I think I remember seeing it downstairs to the left when you go down the stairs.

      68 Elizabeth St
      New York, NY 10013-4686
      (212) 966-4943

      Hong Kong Supermarket
      157 Hester St, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: michelleats

        Actually it was the location at East Broadway and Pike that closed last year after a fire. The Hong Kong Supermarket at Hester and Elizabeth (formerly Dynasty) is still open.

        BTW an adjoining shop on Hester just east of the grocery store appears to be connected with the Egg Custard King operation, which surfaced in Sunset Park after closing locations at Mott near Canal and Grand at Forsyth. No English sign, but the menu gives the Brooklyn address. Haven't sampled the wares yet.

        Hong Kong Supermarket
        157 Hester St, New York, NY 10013

        Egg Custard King
        157 Hester St, New York, NY 10013

      2. Souen (there are several locations, but there one is 326 East 6th Street, bet.1st ave & 2nd ave,10003) is a macrobiotic restaurant that has a wonderful yuba appetizer thats marinated in a lovely broth. You might want to try them.

        28 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: awflipster

          I'm a huge fan of the yuba rolls served in broth at Mana on Amsterdam near 92nd St. I usually take an extra order home with me.

        2. other restaurants that have yuba:

          - zenkichi in williamsburg
          - vegetarian dim sum on pell street in chinatown

          however, i think you really will have no problem finding the dried product in chinatown. merely walking down a random side street, i came across numerous markets with the stuff in bins on the street.

          1. Sobaya has a great yuba sashimi dish and curry-ya also has a yuba (with olive puree & green beans) dish.

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            1. re: asiansupper

              Soba-Ya is no more. I forget the new name of that restaurant and haven't been there since the name change a few months ago.

              1. re: Pan

                yikes, is it gone entirely or has it just gone through a name/ownership change? is the food/menu still the same?

                1. re: selenster

                  I really couldn't tell you. I believe the newly-named restaurant is also a soba house, though.