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

michellemadden Oct 27, 2010 11:11 AM

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. penthouse pup RE: michellemadden Oct 27, 2010 02:16 PM

    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
      selenster RE: penthouse pup Oct 28, 2010 03:20 PM

      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. :)

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      michelleats RE: michellemadden Oct 27, 2010 07:15 PM

      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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        squid kun RE: michelleats Oct 29, 2010 01:14 AM

        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

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        awflipster RE: michellemadden Oct 28, 2010 07:25 PM

        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
          j. marie RE: awflipster Oct 29, 2010 04:43 AM

          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.

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          selenster RE: michellemadden Oct 29, 2010 06:09 AM

          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. asiansupper RE: michellemadden Nov 3, 2010 08:04 PM

            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
              Pan RE: asiansupper Dec 4, 2010 03:51 PM

              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.

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                selenster RE: Pan Dec 6, 2010 05:25 AM

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

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                  Pan RE: selenster Dec 6, 2010 07:15 PM

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

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              cchoinyc RE: michellemadden Dec 3, 2010 04:28 PM

              hey so i can tell you that there is a restaurant in the east village that is named Yuba Japanese Restaurant.

              the address is 105 east 9th street ( between 3rd and 4th ave.)

              I think they are opening on Tuesday, December 7th 2010.

              Check them out, I am sure they can help you with what you are looking for.

              1. huiray RE: michellemadden Dec 5, 2010 01:36 AM

                Is there something that prevents you from going to a Chinese supermarket/grocer or to Chinatown as has been suggested by others, so you need to find it elsewhere?

                1. huiray RE: michellemadden Dec 6, 2010 06:07 AM

                  michellemadden, did you get your yuba and where did you get it from in the end? Let us know how you did.

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