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Dried Tofu "Sheets", as served at Fu Run and Golden Palace, Flushing

erica Feb 22, 2012 01:01 PM

A personal favorite ever since I first sampled it at Fu Run a few years back, the dish known in English as "Dried Tofu with Fresh Hot Pepper" has now captivated a friend of mine who would like to track down the tofu sheets for use in his home kitchen. He has searched for them in Asian markets with no luck.

I am hoping that someone familiar with this dish can point me in the right direction. Are these sheets, indeed, available in markets or are they made in the restaurant kitchen from another form of tofu?

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Fu Run
40-09 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

  1. Miss Needle Feb 22, 2012 01:13 PM

    I just googled that Fu Run dish and came across this pic.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/536/6308890297/

    Those are actually made with fresh bean curd sheets. I have found these in the refrigerated section of Chinese markets by the fresh tofu area, but not every market will have them. This is different than the dried bean curd sheets which give you a thinner more tender sheet when reconstituted.

    ETA: Here is a pic of what your friend should be looking for. It's the darker yellow thing towards the back.

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2232/2...

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    1. re: Miss Needle
      erica Feb 22, 2012 01:29 PM

      That is incredibly helpful, Miss N! Many thanks!

      If you think of a market where I can send my friend, let me know, please...

      1. re: erica
        Miss Needle Feb 22, 2012 05:30 PM

        You're welcome! I can't recall the last place I purchased it but I believe it was in Flushing at either the market located in the New World Mall or the market at Sky View -- or it could have been at Fei Long in Sunset Park/Dyker Heights. It was definitely not in Manhattan's C-town.

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        Fei Long Market
        6301 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

        J Mart
        136-20 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

        Sky Foods
        40-24 College Point Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

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          Lau Mar 29, 2012 11:13 AM

          the one in the new world mall definitely has them, but i bet they have them in the section on the ground floor close to the butcher in HK supermarket

          there is a place on grand sheet which may make them themselves, but ill double check to see if they have them. I think Fong Too Inn on mott might make them, its the type of thing they would make

          1. re: Lau
            erica Mar 29, 2012 01:37 PM

            Thanks, Lau. I should have posted back here that I did, indeed, find these at New York Mart, the new-ish supermarket on Mott Street (Manhattan).

            http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...

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              Lau Mar 29, 2012 02:04 PM

              yah ive been there, its SUPER crowded all the time

              the stuff at the bakery looks pretty good, ive been meaning to try it

              they've got all alot of steam table type stuff too, but i havent tried that either yet

              1. re: Lau
                erica Mar 29, 2012 04:21 PM

                Yes, the takeout counter looked busy and the food, in a very quick glance, looked fresh. I wish I had remembered to check to see if they offered the Peking duck with pancake that they used to sell for a dollar at the other supermarket nearby....if they do........

    2. Cheese Boy Feb 22, 2012 11:27 PM

      Just wanted to say that tofu knots are also very nice. The tofu sheets along with the knots can usually be found in the *frozen* section of a lot of Asian stores. HTH.

      1. scoopG Feb 23, 2012 04:06 AM

        In Manhattan, May Wah, a vegetarian store at 213 Hester St (between Baxter St & Centre St.) should also have them.

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        1. re: scoopG
          erica Feb 23, 2012 04:20 AM

          Thanks to you both! I loved the dish with the tofu knots at Shanghai Cafe. The vegetarian store is a great tip because he is trying to create some vegetarian dishes for a family member..

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          frankie5angels Feb 23, 2012 03:04 PM

          J Mart in Flushing has them. Walk in from the Roosevelt Avenue entrance and go to the aisle all the way to the left. They have huge sheets of tofu and bean curd. I haven't purchased it because I wouldn't know what the F to do with it.. But it is there.

          I bought a Geo Duck there as a goof and we all tried it. $34 a pound. It sucked. I guess it's an acquired taste. lol

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          J Mart
          136-20 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

          1. erica Apr 29, 2013 06:18 PM

            Just a brief note that the dried tofu sheets with fresh hot pepper are still kicking at Golden Palace.....worth the trip for two of us just to have that dish alone.....the restaurant now has a fairly new menu with color photos, but the old favorites are still on offer...

            After four months in the wilds of SE Florida, even this small dinner (two of us also ordered dou mai with garlic, and fungus with eggs and pork) was manna from heaven. $35. with one beer, before tip, for the three dishes.

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