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Marinading fried tofu? Yay?/Nay?

ModernMuse Jul 31, 2013 07:05 PM

Hello Chowhound! (My first post!)

So I've been veg for seven years, but am still totally afraid of cooking tofu. I've recently discovered and have fallen in love with Hodo Soy (the brand) Tofu Nuggets. It seems they work best if they are stir fried in a mostly dry pan, with maybe a few vegetables and a bit of oil. If I recall correctly, when I have tried to simmer them in a sauce, they became all big and puffy! (Is that even possible? Did I dream that?)

Anyway, so the question is: Can I marinade pre-fried tofu to use in a stir-fry? If so, is there anything else I should do to ensure the texture is reasonably desirable? For that matter, any recommendations on cooking pre-fried tofu would be graciously appreciated. Thanks!

tldr: Can I marinade pre-fried tofu?

  1. Ttrockwood Jul 31, 2013 09:30 PM

    For any kind of tofu "nugget" avoid soaking in a sauce- the outer coating will become soggy and the insides will be wet and change the texture- aka gross. For a stir fry i buy an extra firm regular block of tofu ( i love wildwood best, trader joes "high protein" firm tofu is great also) and then i press out extra water- tofu ontop of paper towels and plate, paper towels ontop, then another plate with cans or whatever to weight it down, min time half hour i usually do in the morning and leave in fridge for dinner. Then chop and add to marinade, half hour min and use in stirfry. Soyboy (east coast) makes a great firm smoked tofu that my cheeseaholic omni friend even loves, and both soyboy and wildwood sell marinated flavored tofus that you would just need to chop and toss into a stirfry as is

    3 Replies
    1. re: Ttrockwood
      BrooksNYC Aug 1, 2013 11:40 PM

      Ttrockwood, have you heard of a tofu press? Discovered something called the EZ Tofu Press while poking around Amazon the other day.

      Can't vouch for it personally (am too broke to buy kitchen toys these days!) but am intrigued. Sounds like a time-saver.

      1. re: BrooksNYC
        Ttrockwood Aug 2, 2013 10:18 PM

        I have heard great reviews of it actually! I have been veg for um..... More than two decades now and just got used to the weight it down method. And i live in an nyc studio so storage is a premium.
        I actually found that the "high protein" tofu from trader joes (sold vacuum packed) is fine as is, no pressing and has a nice mild flavor. I buy their "soy vay" to use as a marinade often, nice blend of sesame and soy.
        I don't eat much fake meat anymore but my friend loves the trader joes "chicken" strips in the fridge section

        1. re: Ttrockwood
          BrooksNYC Aug 3, 2013 09:28 AM

          Great tips. Thanks!

          I know ALL about Lilliputian NYC kitchens, having snaked in and out of the same narrow crawl-space for thirty-five years! Became a vegetarian the year after I moved in.

          I need to expand my horizons at Trader Joe's. Not a fan of shopping in general, but the layout of my local Joe's is so chaotic and crazy-making that I usually dash in, grab almonds and raisins, and BOLT. Next time, I'll make a point of tracking down that tofu.

          Thanks again!

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