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theartofeating Nov 6, 2011 03:05 PM

which one prefer to eat? why?

  1. westsidegal Sep 7, 2013 02:04 AM

    for fajitas and spring rolls and sandwiches and thai food i like the super firm high protein organic tofu that trader joe's sells.

    for sauces i like the silken tofu that whole foods sells.

    for chinese mustard greens with bean curd sheets i like the tofu that comes in thin sheets. . . .

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      Steve Sep 6, 2013 06:07 PM

      Here si a photo of my favorite tofu dish: Cloud Tofu. It is a pie (think the consistency of cottage cheese) with a crunchy topping.

       
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        Steve Sep 6, 2013 05:59 PM

        I didn't know there were only two choices.....
        I like:
        Dried, smoked, pressed, shredded, scrambled, silken, fried, stuffed, and flavored. I aslo like tofu from yellow chick peas and other sources.

        Basically, I like tofu.

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          klyeoh Sep 6, 2013 06:18 PM

          Same here. One of my fave food items.

        2. Kholvaitar Sep 6, 2013 01:17 PM

          soft (silken) tofu

          Because the first time I ate tofu it was in a very enjoyable dessert. BTW--

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/396465

          1. EWSflash Nov 8, 2011 07:17 PM

            I'm nclined to prefer the firm- the firmer the better, in fact. but i'm far from being an expert, or even knowledgeable about it.

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              Chemicalkinetics Nov 8, 2011 07:37 PM

              EW,

              Firmer the better, huh? Do you like dried tofu? Or those are too hard/firm for you?

              http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tb0Dd78jF1Y/TlQ8mXFayTI/AAAAAAAAAEk/jE-qTWs9h_M/s1600/dry+tofu.jpg

              http://www.cultural-china.com/chinaWH...

            2. Chemicalkinetics Nov 8, 2011 06:32 PM

              I prefer the silken tofu because of texture.

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                will47 Nov 8, 2011 06:27 PM

                While often referred to as "soft" tofu, in the US, silken tofu still comes in varying degrees of firmness - I think it has more to do with the texture (smooth and custardy vs. a little more porous). And then, of course, you've got the really soft and custardy tofu used for soon tofu, baked or compressed tofus of different types, deep-fried tofu, tofu which has been frozen, and so on. All have their own taste and texture. I really think it depends on what you're using it for. (For folks who don't already know it, freezing and then thawing / wringing out tofu is an old trick which gives it a great chewy / spongey texture, and really soaks up flavors well.... great for hearty stews, battering and frying for "fish" tacos, etc.)

                The coagulating agent used makes a big difference in the taste also.

                For certain dishes, the texture of silken tofu is essential. But most of the time, I use other types.

                Seasoned "dry" tofu (xiang gan / doufu gan in Chinese), or plain compressed tofu is really easy to work with - it breaks up less than regular tofu, and browns more easily. Deep-fried tofu is also really great; while it tastes best if you deep-fry it yourself, you can buy it pre-fried at most Asian markets, which really saves a lot of time / oil / mess. For some applications, the pre-fried stuff is actually better than frying it yourself.

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                  tastesgoodwhatisit Nov 8, 2011 02:16 AM

                  I have a fairly strong preference for silken tofu. I find it stands much better on its own, while the firmer tofus tend to be dominated by the flavours they're cooked it.

                  The really firm tofu is probably my least favourite type of tofu, after silken tofu, tofu skins, and the stuff that's frozen and thawed to give it a porous texture (great in hot-pot).

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                    SeoulQueen Nov 8, 2011 12:12 AM

                    Aww, that's not fair, that's like asking which child is your favorite? :)

                    I LOVE tubu (korean for tofu) so can't say if I prefer firm over soft.. if it's there I'll eat it! But the firm tubu is more versatile when it comes to cooking so I find myself buying that more than the silken tubu which I only really use for jigaes.

                    1. Cheeryvisage Nov 6, 2011 04:45 PM

                      I find that silken tofu is more forgiving even if you don't use the best quality tofu, or at least, my taste buds are much more tolerant of silken tofu even if it's not the best quality. However, I find most firm tofu to be atrocious because honestly, they just aren't good quality. I still haven't found a good source for getting high quality, fresh firm tofu yet.

                      So, I prefer silken tofu, because even mediocre packaged silken tofu tastes decent to my taste buds.

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                        lulumoolah Nov 6, 2011 04:01 PM

                        Depends on what you're using the tofu for. Depending on the purpose, in Korean cuisine, you use certain types of tofu of varying hardness or softness. Some of it is also a matter of taste. I tend to use the hard tofu for "gigae", though I know some people prefer to use softer tofu. For mandoo, you use the harder tofu.

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                          small h Nov 6, 2011 03:59 PM

                          Generally, I like soft tofu in casseroles and firm tofu in stir fries. Why does it have to be either/or?

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                            scoopG Nov 6, 2011 05:35 PM

                            Right. It all depends on what you are planning to do with it.

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                              klyeoh Sep 6, 2013 06:17 PM

                              Agreed. Firm and soft tofu are used in different preparations.

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