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helenhelen Feb 18, 2013 09:54 PM

where can i buy really good fresh tofu (the soft kind, but not silken) for serving raw & cold, japanese style? i don't mean to eat at a restaurant, but to take home and prepare there.

  1. Full tummy Feb 19, 2013 05:07 AM

    Galleria always has excellent fresh tofu.

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      sumashi Feb 19, 2013 09:06 AM

      +1 Galleria! It would be perfect for serving raw and cold (or cooked). It comes in small (1 block) or large (2 blocks).

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        helenhelen Feb 19, 2013 11:14 PM

        where is galleria?

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          sumashi Feb 20, 2013 08:38 AM

          The one I go to is on York Mills, just west of Don Mills. You can't see it from the street because it's behind the plaza facing York Mills (the one with Menchies, Five Guys, ...

          http://goo.gl/maps/ewKKO

          Best way to get there is to turn onto Upjohn Street and enter near the back of the plaza!

          There's also another Galleria located on the NW corner of Yonge and Steeles. I'm not sure if they make fresh tofu there. Maybe someone else can chime in on this.

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            helenhelen Mar 1, 2013 11:16 PM

            damn, sanko (closer to me) ran out and said their tofu supplier's machine is broken and they are waiting for parts from japan.. so they won't have any for at least another week.

            i need it for tomorrow!

            will trek to galleria. is it this stuff? (i.e. how will i know which tofu it is, as i imagine they might have a selection)
            http://www.foodspotting.com/places/84...

            i want the nice fresh, soft stuff for eating raw...

            1. re: helenhelen
              MissBingBing Mar 2, 2013 05:25 AM

              Fong on Foods on Kensington is a major tofu supplier.

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                lsk Mar 2, 2013 06:23 PM

                I've tried the fresh tofu from Galleria, but if memory serves me correctly, the tofu shop only has firm tofu, not soft. However, I haven't bought fresh tofu from Galleria since the summer.

                1. re: lsk
                  sumashi Mar 3, 2013 09:49 AM

                  For me, I wouldn't call it firm, maybe medium firm. Galleria sells the tofu in their food section w some hot sauce to eat raw though so it seems to be like what HelenHelen wants to do with it and if I recall correctly it seems to be the same tofu. It definitely isn't silken.

                  I also spotted a plastic tub of "flowering tofu" at Galleria which I've never tried.

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                    helenhelen Mar 7, 2013 10:09 PM

                    yes, i went there and they only had the firmer stuff. it was def good tofu but not really as good to eat raw. i bought some though and fried it. :)

                    i was looking for the soft stuff that the japanese serve raw with just a bit of soy sauce and green onion.

        2. chocabot Feb 19, 2013 11:49 AM

          go to sanko Helen!
          They sell by the pc in the back room.

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            helenhelen Feb 19, 2013 11:14 PM

            thank you! this is not too far from me :)
            it's good tofu?

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            Herne Feb 19, 2013 12:55 PM

            We get ours at T & T usually on Cherry Street. Soft but hangs together while making soup.

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              helenhelen Feb 19, 2013 11:15 PM

              thanks! i love T&T.. always walk out with way more items than i initially go in for. :)

            2. Breadcrumbs Mar 2, 2013 04:07 AM

              If you're downtown at all, Ying Soy at the SLM:

              http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/vendo...

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                piccola Mar 4, 2013 04:48 AM

                Does Ying make soft tofu now? I remember them only making firm, smoked and various marinated/flavoured kinds.

              2. jo_jo_ba Mar 3, 2013 06:33 PM

                Almost any oriental grocery will have it

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                  blinknoodle Mar 24, 2013 05:34 AM

                  I like the tofu from Tofu Superior. They make it on Weston but I usually pick it up from an ethnic grocer. I think it is the soft fresh tofu you are referring to (it comes in a big plastic tub, 2lb or so for $1.50 at my ethnic grocer).

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