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ls150 Nov 23, 2013 06:25 PM

I'm a veg, but I love cooking tofu. I have my favourite ways to eat it, but want to keep expanding. For people who love their meat, too, what are your favourite (veg-based) ideas for having tofu... things that are really outside the box and non-traditional... stuff that people have never tried.

Cheers!

  1. ipsedixit Nov 23, 2013 06:38 PM

    Cold, drizzled with a sauce mixture of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes, then garnished with some toasted sesame seeds and nori flakes.

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      ls150 Nov 23, 2013 06:54 PM

      Yes, was totally thinking that, but with dulse, perhaps. Silken?

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        ipsedixit Nov 23, 2013 07:23 PM

        Dulse works, and yes definitely Silken soft tofu.

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          ls150 Nov 24, 2013 02:19 AM

          Excellent! Well, that certainly confirms one of my ideas. Any others? What about something fried?

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            ipsedixit Nov 24, 2013 10:54 AM

            Fried works well with firm tofu. Cube, then drench in cornstarch or flour, and then deep fry in a wok (or deep saute pan).

            (For an added twist, feel free to throw in some breadcrumbs or Panko in your dredge mixture to give your tofu that little bit of "je ne sais quoi")

            Serve with the aforementioned soy-ginger-sesame oil sauce, or if you're like me, a nice chile sauce spiked with sliced green chile pepper.

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              c oliver Nov 24, 2013 11:06 AM

              Here's a link from Andrea Nguyen re frying.

              http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog/...

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                Cheese Boy Nov 24, 2013 10:18 PM

                >> 'soy-ginger-sesame oil sauce' <<

                Excellent with tofu ... http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&...

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              1sweetpea Nov 24, 2013 10:28 PM

              Regular tofu (not extra firm) works great too.

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            adenhailemariam Dec 1, 2013 06:59 AM

            I have been fantasizing of basically what you have described. I saw this one photo of what I assumed was silken tofu dressed simply and it looked SO delicious. After a while I realized that it seemed like a savory custard to me.

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              ipsedixit Dec 1, 2013 11:17 AM

              It really pretty is a kick-ass dish.

              When I was a much poorer college student, that was really my go-to dish. Some cubed tofu, dressed with a bit of soy sauce, sesame oil, Chinese pickled radishes (that were like on sale for 2pkgs/$1), all served over a big bowl of rice. And I just ate the garlic cloves, whole, on the side!

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              calumin Dec 9, 2013 07:34 AM

              You can also try the more traditional Japanese preparation (hiyayakko) which is cold silken tofu topped with green onions, freshly grated ginger, hanakatsuo (which is shaved bonito flakes), and soy sauce. You could substitute ponzu for soy sauce.

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                RealMenJulienne Mar 26, 2014 07:31 AM

                Pork floss (rou sung) and chopped scallions are also good in this dish.

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                burlgurl Nov 23, 2013 07:11 PM

                I actually don't like tofu at all, but the tofu steamed bao at Bahn Mi Boys is my favourite thing on the menu!
                It's panko crusted and deep fried..

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                  ls150 Nov 24, 2013 02:19 AM

                  Thanks! I am not sure what that is (other than how you described it) but do you know what seasonings, if any, are used with it?

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                  ChiliDude Nov 24, 2013 04:23 AM

                  I usually buy extra firm tofu with which I make ramen noodle soup. Diced onion and diced celery are sauteed in a little canola oil.

                  Two cups of water are added, and brought to a boil before drained and chopped canned mushrooms are added along with cubed tofu.

                  A few squirts of hot pepper sauce and soy sauce are added. The heat is reduced to a simmer.

                  The ramen noodles are crushed with the heel of my hand while still in the package. The package is then opened, the flavor pack is discarded, and the noodles are added to the saucepan.

                  The noodles are allowed to cook for 3 minutes before serving.

                  Since this is a simple process, I leave the quantities of some of the ingredients to the creative cook.

                  1. Antilope Nov 24, 2013 04:29 AM

                    Tofu diced in Hot & Sour Soup.

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                      rockycat Nov 24, 2013 05:14 AM

                      I don't know about never tried, but tofu parmigiana is a big hit in our house. Slice firm tofu into cutlets, dip in flour, egg, and panko and continue like any other parmigiana dish.

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                        ls150 Nov 24, 2013 05:20 AM

                        Thanks! I've made that and am glad to know it is a winner among non-veg! Excellent.

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                        kseiverd Nov 24, 2013 05:19 AM

                        Can't remember where I found this tid bit of info... but I FREEZE firm tofu. When thawed, I drain/press as much water out as I can... it's VERY firm. Then I marinate it for a while... soy, hoisin, sriracha, etc... then into a veggie stir fry. Actually seems to have a "meaty" texture after freeze/thaw/drain??

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                          ls150 Nov 24, 2013 05:20 AM

                          Yes, thank you :) That is a technique I use often.

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                            POAndrea Mar 25, 2014 01:57 PM

                            And doesn't it soak up a ridiculous, wonderful amount of gravy that way! YUM!

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                            magiesmom Nov 24, 2013 05:22 AM

                            Two ways: silken tofu in soup, or marinated in soy , ginger and sesame oil and chiles and grilled.

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                              ls150 Nov 25, 2013 03:34 AM

                              That's what I was thinking (the latter), since it is going to be appetizer style.

                              Soy + fresh ginger + sesame + chile + rice vinegar... instead of grilled, maybe even served chilled. What do you think?

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                                ChiliDude Nov 25, 2013 04:36 AM

                                I like the fresh ginger and the chile are especially appealing to me.

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                              Siegal Nov 24, 2013 06:28 AM

                              Not particularly fancy but I would shake and bake it for pork and then fry it...not too shabby

                              1. ChristinaMason Nov 24, 2013 07:32 AM

                                I'm not vegetarian, and I really like Mapo Tofu, which can be made without meat if you like (or you could use veggie crumbles?). This recipe is good with some tweaks: http://www.pbs.org/food/fresh-tastes/mapo-tofu/

                                I double the sauce when I use a whole pound of ground meat. I also add chili oil and adjust the spice with more hot bean paste and Thai chili garlic sauce or Sriracha to taste. My husband hates silken tofu, so I always use extra firm.

                                I also have made baked marinated tofu into lettuce wraps. Basic idea: Press tofu cut into batons, marinate in hoisin, ponzu, sesame oil, chili-garlic sauce, fermented black bean sauce, and brown sugar, and bake to your preferred texture (don't let them get too rubbery).

                                Julienne carrot and cucumber and marinate in fish sauce, sugar, and lime juice. All wrapped up in butter lettuce leaves with strips of mango and dipped in spicy peanut sauce.

                                I also like the concept of this baked tofu in butter-lemon sauce recipe, but I think it needs some adjusting. http://guiltlessplate.com/featured/le...
                                It tastes better if you let it bake lower and slower. I didn't like the fresh ginger in this (to my palate, it doesn't go with the lemon and rosemary). It's also very lemony (a bit too tangy). But you could play with the sauce and cooking time to come up with something better along the same lines.

                                My office cafeteria makes a red coconut curry soup/noodle bowl with firm tofu cubes, sugar snap peas, rice vermicelli, scallions, julienned carrot, onion, and napa cabbage. It's very good.

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                                  lagatta Nov 26, 2013 03:12 AM

                                  You beat me to the Ma Po! By the way, for people who don't eat pork, I find ground lamb the best substitution. You could substitute fake meat such as the Yves Veggie products, if there are vegetarians.

                                  I do like silken-textured tofu, and we can get a firm tofu with that texture, Sunshine, which is from Vancouver.

                                  I'm glad someone mentioned fresh ginger, as I have a lingering cold and have to go to an appointment anyway, and it happens to be across the street from a large Southeast Asian supermarket, so I'll pick some up, as well as some good tofu and tempeh! I have some strong chicken broth made, and some silken tofu and fresh ginger in that is great cold medicine!

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                                    ipsedixit Nov 26, 2013 08:02 AM

                                    You don't need any meat -- real, fake or otherwise -- to make kick-ass MaPo Tofu.

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                                      lagatta Nov 26, 2013 05:29 PM

                                      What do you use instead? The actual recipe incorporates dead beast.

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                                        ChristinaMason Nov 26, 2013 07:26 PM

                                        The mapo tofu at our favorite Szechuan place in Rockville is meatless. I think it varies.

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                                          ipsedixit Nov 26, 2013 07:47 PM

                                          Instead?

                                          And what, pray tell, is "the actual recipe"? Is everything else -- recipe or not -- out there, fake?

                                          But more to the point, why do you need anything instead of "dead beast"?

                                          Truth be told the ground pork, or ground dead best of your choice, is really (and, arguably, originally) in the dish more for looks and color contrast than for texture or taste.

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                                          Ttrockwood Dec 1, 2013 08:21 PM

                                          Agreed. Leave it out- no substitution needed either.

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                                      travelerjjm Nov 24, 2013 09:09 AM

                                      Diced, in homemade miso soup. I know it's very traditional, but it is wonderful.

                                      I have had some dried (is it called "aged") tofu at a sushi bar that was ok.

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                                        sheetz Nov 24, 2013 09:43 AM

                                        I mostly go for traditional Asian preparations like mapo tofu, but tofu chocolate mousse is actually quite good.

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                                          adenhailemariam Dec 1, 2013 06:49 AM

                                          Tofu chocolate mousse is great! Surprisingly so the first time I made it but it's a staple dessert now. It's strong, strong chocolate flavor, but I don't expect to eat a whole bowl of it (which my husband tried to do when he realized he liked it but it was too much haha).

                                          I always keep silken tofu and chocolate chips in the house if I need to make a quick, elegant dessert.

                                        2. luckyfatima Nov 24, 2013 10:28 AM

                                          I love a stir fry with deep fried tofu cubes in it. Favorite is with a mixed variety of Chinese mushrooms.

                                          Tofu banchan (Korean) called du bu bu chim.

                                          Tofu jigae (Korean tofu stew)...make it with water or veggie broth to be vegetarian.

                                          1. c oliver Nov 24, 2013 10:52 AM

                                            In addition to what others mention, I love it fried.

                                             
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                                              pinehurst Nov 25, 2013 12:53 PM

                                              Oh yes. My local restaurant serves an awesome salt and pepper tofu like this, with still-toothsome sauteed onions. So good.

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                                                JiveHealthNate Mar 25, 2014 11:57 AM

                                                Those look they would be clutch at parties!

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                                                betsydiver Nov 24, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                quite a challenge for stuff people have not tried! I have used tofu in Szechuan stir fry with great luck, have had it in chili and , of course, hot and sour soup (someone else cooked )

                                                1. Miss Needle Nov 24, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                  Because tofu is so mild, I find them perfect in more spicy applications. Some of my favorite ways to enjoy tofu:

                                                  mabo tofu
                                                  Korean soon tofu (soft tofu casserole)
                                                  pieces of tofu accompanying either nakji bokum (octopus stir-fried in spicy sauce) or pork belly stir-fried with kimchi

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                                                    ipsedixit Nov 24, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                    pieces of tofu accompanying either nakji bokum (octopus stir-fried in spicy sauce) or pork belly stir-fried with kimchi
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                                                    Love Korean versions of tofu-prep. I think those guys have really mastered the ingredient and keep pushing the outer limits, but some of the Korean suggestions have to be taken with a bit of pause, esp. since the OP is looking for "veg-based" tofu recipes.

                                                    Just something to keep in mind.

                                                    Cheerio!

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                                                      Miss Needle Nov 24, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                      Oops! Totally misread the title. I thought the OP was looking for non-veg ways to enjoy tofu. Thanks for get the catch.

                                                      Hmmm... well, soon tofu can be done vegan style -- with kimchi, mushrooms, zucchini. Mabo tofu can be done vegan as well (diced reconstituted shitake mushrooms probably can mimic ground meat), though I really think the meat adds something to it. Tofu jorim (pan-fried pieces of tofu marinated in soy, sesame oil, garlic, chili pepper, scallions)is another one of my favorite dishes. I also like tofu dusted with cornstarch deep-fried and served with a soy base sauce (Korean style, Japanese style, Taiwanese, whatever).

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                                                        Miss Needle Nov 24, 2013 11:26 AM

                                                        I also substitute tofu for paneer at times when I make Indian style spinach.

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                                                          ChristinaMason Nov 25, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                          Oh yes! I meant to mention this one, too. It's great (google saag or palak(?) tofu).

                                                  2. Caitlin McGrath Nov 24, 2013 11:36 AM

                                                    I'm a fan of many of the uses mentioned by others, and I also highly recommend this baked tofu with lemon, soy, white wine, and butter sauce: http://guiltlessplate.com/featured/le...

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                                                      c oliver Nov 24, 2013 11:44 AM

                                                      Caitlin, this sounds SO good. And something different. Thanks for sharing.

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                                                        Caitlin McGrath Nov 24, 2013 12:31 PM

                                                        It really is so good, and I know many others who love it, too. I like to flip the tofu over when the pan comes out of the oven and back onto the stove, so both sides spend time in the sauce.

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                                                          c oliver Nov 24, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                          I forwarded this to one of our daughters. The other daughter has a husband who THINKS he doesn't like tofu :)

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                                                        ChristinaMason Nov 25, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                        This is the same or very similar to the one I linked to above. Personally the sauce doesn't hit the right notes for me.

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                                                          Caitlin McGrath Nov 25, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                          I don't use the rosemary or thyme, as I don't find they add much, but I do use the shallots, ginger, and sauce ingredients (though I often reduce the butter). I love it, but obviously mileage varies.

                                                      3. C. Hamster Nov 24, 2013 11:36 AM

                                                        I make a killer tofu chocolate pie.

                                                        Pack of silken tofu, melted chocolate, vanilla, sugar dumped into the food processor and blitzed till smooth and well mixed. Pour into a pie shell. Chill.

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                                                          adenhailemariam Dec 1, 2013 06:50 AM

                                                          I've used silken tofu for chocolate mousse but am looking for more dessert recipes, this pie looks great!

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                                                          Isolda Nov 24, 2013 11:48 AM

                                                          For some reason, everyone in my family hates (or is convinced they hate) ricotta cheese in savory dishes, so when I make lasagna, I substitute soft tofu instead. This works in meat lasagna as well as vegetarian lasagna. Haven't tried tofu in cannoli (they'll eat it if it's sweet), but it might work there as well.

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                                                            adenhailemariam Dec 1, 2013 06:52 AM

                                                            I want to try this. I've had eggplant rollups with a tofu/tofu ricotta filling that was great but just crumbled tofu or fashioned like a ricotta, I'd like to try this. I love my mother's lasagna but for years I felt iffy about the ricotta haha well, I guess then that I felt that about every lasagna with ricotta.

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                                                            RogueFoodie Nov 24, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                            I enjoy eating tofu via Malaysian coconut curry. It's great with eggplant, onions, carrots, tofu (of course).

                                                            For a meat-eater's dish, add chicken. I love it!

                                                            1. Ttrockwood Nov 24, 2013 03:19 PM

                                                              Well, i am also veg, so sorry for replying..... But these are a few recipes i make for non-veg friends who love them.

                                                              This pudding- the brown rice syrup is a key ingredient to the right texture:
                                                              http://www.aidamollenkamp.com/2011/09...

                                                              I often make tofu "croutons" by defrosting frozen firm tofu, and marinating overnight in whatever (usually soy, sesame oil combo) and then baking until chewy and dense.

                                                              I use a silken or fresh tofu often for quiche- it works really well and puffs a bit, i add the tofu with some tumeric and nutritional yeast to the blender until smooth, then mix in whatever veggies etc and pour into crust or just naked muffin tins to bake.

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                                                                adenhailemariam Dec 1, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                Quiche has never been a big part of my coking/eating life but I sometimes appreciate the challenge. I've even looked at the Ener-G quiche recipe buuut I like your idea using silken for that.

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                                                                  Ttrockwood Dec 1, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                  I often make a crustless "quiche" baked in muffin tins with the silken tofu and chopped veggies. They're great warm/cold and for on the go meals. Keep about 4-5days in the fridge. I'm not a fan of the energ egg replacer stuff....

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                                                                calumin Nov 24, 2013 03:19 PM

                                                                If you like tofu then cooking yudofu is about as simple as you can get. Essentially it is boiled tofu in a kombu broth, with a dashi-based dipping sauce.

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                                                                  1sweetpea Nov 24, 2013 10:34 PM

                                                                  Cut firm or extra firm tofu into cubes (or even "steaks"), pat dry and liberally sprinkle with your favorite spice blend (and salt). Sear in a nonstick pan with a small amount of grapeseed (or canola/safflower) oil. This really adds some depth to the otherwise bland tofu.

                                                                  I'm a lapsed onetime vegan/vegetarian. I still like tofu, in certain preparations and textures. My preferred texture is freshly made tofu that holds its shape but is creamy inside. Firm is nice too, as is silken, but I don't care for the freeze, thaw and press technique on firm or extra firm tofu. Too sponge-like for me.

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                                                                  greymalkin Nov 24, 2013 10:38 PM

                                                                  I love using it in Caesar salad dressing. Even though it reduces the fat, it is a decent bit of protein so I don't feel like I'm starving an hour after eating just salad.
                                                                  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

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                                                                    rockycat Nov 25, 2013 07:36 AM

                                                                    Great idea. Love Caesar, hate the fat. Any idea how long it will keep in the refrigerator?

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                                                                      greymalkin Nov 26, 2013 12:43 AM

                                                                      rockycat, I usually make it and use it the same day because it's so fast in the blender. I don't know how long it will last in the fridge but I suspect that it probably won't last more than a few days before it starts separating as the tofu starts weeping whey and the raw garlic gets funky.

                                                                      I would advise doing a partial batch first or give yourself time to tweak it. It took me a few tries to get the amount of garlic, mustard and Worcestershire sauce to my personal tastes. If you don't like garlic, start with just a little, this is very garlicky. Some people in the recipe comments also added anchovies, extra salt or lemon juice.

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                                                                        adenhailemariam Dec 1, 2013 07:01 AM

                                                                        Do you find that the dressing tastes better the next day, even if it doesn't last for a long time?

                                                                        With the http://www.foodily.com/r/iRXuSwIe2-a-... recipe, I find that it tastes so much better after time, at least after sitting overnight. It can take me a while to finish the whole batch and I do notice that something starts to separate but then I just stir it up.

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                                                                          greymalkin Dec 7, 2013 11:59 PM

                                                                          So sorry I missed replying to this! I haven't really tried aging the dressing, though I have eaten it on leftover already mixed up salad. It wasn't that great but wilted cold lettuce isn't really the best way to showcase anything, so I wouldn't use that to judge it by. It did seem to mellow the sharpness of the garlic and mustard, so you may be onto something with this idea. Perhaps I'll give this a whirl the next time I make it.

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                                                                      travelerjjm Nov 25, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                                      How are you using it in Caeser? The only fat I can think of is the Parmesan and the EVOO. Since the latter is good for you I'm guessing you mean the cheese.

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                                                                        c oliver Nov 25, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                                        I was wondering the same. I do use a coddled egg but that's not a lot of fat.

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                                                                          rockycat Nov 25, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                                          It normally takes a fair amount of fat to make a decent salad dressing. This recipe cuts it to 2 Tbs per cup of dressing. That's a significant reduction from the norm. Hence, this recipe let's me enjoy Caesar dressing with much less fat than usual.

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                                                                        adenhailemariam Dec 1, 2013 06:55 AM

                                                                        How could I forget this? I use silken in this Caesar dressing recipe http://www.foodily.com/r/iRXuSwIe2-a-... and I may try the recipe you posted.

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                                                                        travelerjjm Nov 25, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                                        I have see lots of great uses for tofu here. As a male, I have been cautioned to limit my soy intake due to the high estrogen levels in it. Does anyone else share this concern, particularly when it is used to replace other foods?

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                                                                          ipsedixit Nov 25, 2013 08:32 AM

                                                                          Unless you're treating tofu like Takeru Kobayashi does hot dogs every July 4th, I think you'll be ok.

                                                                          Your little fellows can still swim upstream even with some extra estrogen mixed in, me thinks.

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                                                                            Ttrockwood Nov 25, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                            LOL!!
                                                                            I suspect the men in china eat a good amount of tofu and no population problems there...

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                                                                            c oliver Nov 25, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                            Here's a link from the National Institute of Health:

                                                                            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11...

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                                                                              lagatta Nov 26, 2013 03:16 AM

                                                                              Do you mean that your doctor or other health professional gave you such a recommendation, or do you mean males in general?

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                                                                              Harters Nov 25, 2013 08:36 AM

                                                                              I don't care for tofu - it's texture or it's taste. I would never cook it at home and would never choose to order it in a restaurant.

                                                                              However, I've had it as part of a Sichuan meal when it wasnt too bad. Probably all the chilli meant I couldnt taste anything else.

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                                                                                mrsphud Nov 25, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                                                I use firm tofu instead of condensed milk to make pumpkin pie. Great for those who can't have dairy. Makes a nice firm, tasty pie.

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                                                                                  adenhailemariam Dec 1, 2013 06:57 AM

                                                                                  What prompted you to start using tofu for the pie? Do you have a recipe for it?! I've seen lots of pie recipes with tofu and I have got to try some!

                                                                                2. Candy Nov 25, 2013 11:57 AM

                                                                                  In Andrea Nguyen's book on tofu is a great recipe for a stuffed tofu soup. The tofu is cut into triangles, hollowed out a bit, stuffed with a chicken filling. Then pan browned and served up as a soup in chicken stock. Yummy.

                                                                                  Yes, you will see my name in the recipe, I tested it for her.

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                                                                                    ipsedixit Nov 25, 2013 01:57 PM

                                                                                    I take it these were those newly discovered species of vegetarian chickens? Commonly referred to as "Fackens"?

                                                                                    :-)

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                                                                                    Springhaze2 Nov 25, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                                                    I happen to love tofu, and I'm not a vegetarian. One dish that I've seen even the most committed meat eaters devour is tofu satay with a peanut dipping sauce. I usually just make up my own marinade and sauce, but this recipe is pretty close to what I do.

                                                                                    Even better if you cook it on a pan on an outdoor grill rather then in the oven.
                                                                                    http://www.katherinemartinelli.com/bl...

                                                                                    1. bobabear Nov 25, 2013 02:44 PM

                                                                                      Cut 1 box of firm tofu into 24 triangles, dust in cornstarch, pan fry, then "deglaze" them with a soy + brown sugar mixture. Makes delicious tofu to add to stir fry, have on its own or even on a salad.

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                                                                                        tzurriz Nov 25, 2013 03:03 PM

                                                                                        In a thai green curry with avocado and surimi.

                                                                                        In miso soup.

                                                                                        In hot and sour soup.

                                                                                        Yum

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                                                                                          ellabee Nov 25, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                                                          Marinated cubes of firm or extra-firm tofu in a stir-fry or stew. They seem particularly good with a stir-fry of pork, hoisin sauce, and bok choy.

                                                                                          I'm also partial to grilled tofu -- either in a sandwich, or with grilled vegetables and peanut sauce. Horizontally sliced slabs of firm tofu, marinated, then grilled.

                                                                                          And they're always welcome in a Thai curry.

                                                                                          Edited to add: oops, just noticed you're looking for novel, outside-the-box ideas. Sorry.

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                                                                                            FoodPopulist Nov 26, 2013 08:10 AM

                                                                                            I happen to think tofu works well with pork, so I once made a pork tenderloin sandwich, inspired by the KFC Double Down (a bacon and cheese "sandwich" between two pieces of chicken that act as the bread), which used slices of fried tofu instead of bread.

                                                                                            This idea can probably be adapted to making some sort of vegetarian sandwich, I suppose.

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                                                                                              ls150 Nov 26, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                              Thanks for all your replies! I am not sure how to edit the initial post, but I have a general understanding now :) I need it for something and I'm great to go!

                                                                                              1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Dec 1, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                                                                Soy based Chorizo is one of my favorites preparationd. It's great in tacos or with eggs and potatoes in a burrito. I love eggplant stir fried with tofu and I especially enjoy the soft tofu in Korean soups. The texture is so soft and comforting. I also made kimchi tacos with tofu it had bacon but I think it would be really good w/o the bacon.

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                                                                                                  Bryan Pepperseed Dec 9, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                                                  Am I allowed to suggest something that basically failed at our house?
                                                                                                  If I am, you might want to take a look at Mark Bittman's 'Curried Tofu with Soy Sauce'.

                                                                                                  http://www.nytimes.com/2000/05/03/dining/the-minimalist-tofu-takes-to-curry-as-onions-take-to-browning.html

                                                                                                  There's also a video:

                                                                                                  http://www.nytimes.com/video/dining/1...

                                                                                                  Since my knowledge of tofu is basically nil, I'm not sure how "outside the box" this is, but when I found it online it sounded unusual to me.

                                                                                                  The reason I consider it a failure it that this was the first meal I've ever made that the person I was eating with refused to finish ...... as in, "I can't eat this" after about one bite.... and even I had kind of a hard time finishing the my serving.

                                                                                                  As much as I'd like to bash Bittman, in the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that a night in the fridge made the leftovers MUCH better than the initial serving - This fact leads me to think that perhaps I did a poor job browning the onions (as in maybe some tiny bits were burnt) or that maybe I should have used fresher and/or better quality curry. Unfortunately, I hesitate to try it again just to solve "the riddle".

                                                                                                  1. jrvedivici Dec 9, 2013 06:30 AM

                                                                                                    Being as polar opposite of a vegetarian or vegan as humanly possible I can't say I have any personal recipes I can share with you. I will tell you this much, there is a girl in my office who is a vegan and one place she enjoys getting lunch from is called Luving Hut, a vegan restaurant.

                                                                                                    I'm attaching a link to their site, I cannot believe the dishes they make with tofu, from burgers to cheese steaks to fried "shrimp" from my understanding everything is tofu based, and everything is DELICIOUS. Some of the dishes like the cheeseburger won't fool most people, however that doesn't make it a bad thing. I was very pleasantly surprised by it, I truly expected to be grossed out, while obviously not meat the texture is pretty close and the flavor is very good.

                                                                                                    Like I said here is a link maybe it will give you some idea's.

                                                                                                    http://www.lovinghut.us/newyorkcity/m...

                                                                                                    1. rose water Dec 9, 2013 08:58 AM

                                                                                                      i fry up onions or shallots, and a handful or two of whatever greens we have on hand (i'm partial to bitter greens like mustard or arugula), add some turmeric, then add more olive oil, mix in crumbled up drained firm tofu, and let it crisp up on medium high heat.

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                                                                                                        POAndrea Mar 25, 2014 01:51 PM

                                                                                                        I love tofu when it is cooked AS tofu and for its own unique, fine qualities, instead of as a "hidden" substitute for meat or dairy (we omnivores can tell the difference.) No soymilk, soyburgers, -bacon, -cheese, etc. for me. Tofu is absolutely lovely on its own, whether that is mapo tofu, soft little gobbets in spicy Korean stew, or a cold, sweet block topped with salty, garlic-y, spicy, umami-y sesame dressing. I do despair, however, of the fragile texture and haven't quite grasped the technique of pressing enough whey out of it for stir-frying without crushing or crumbling. So I freeze/defrost slices so they become sturdy enough to stirfry the sh*t out out and porous enough to suck up an obscene amount of tasty gravy.

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                                                                                                          JTPhilly Mar 26, 2014 07:58 AM

                                                                                                          I like to eat tofu that wants to be tofu and not tofu that is masquerading as meat

                                                                                                          Korean Tofu Soup

                                                                                                          marinated, and deep fried in stir fry

                                                                                                          raw cubed in a green salad

                                                                                                          all tasty ways to eat tofu

                                                                                                          tofurkey - I will pass,

                                                                                                          1. RealMenJulienne Mar 26, 2014 07:59 AM

                                                                                                            Some great replies on this thread. To the OP, remember that tofu isn't limited to the big white blocks in water. See if you can find the light brown pressed flat tofu squares. Cut them crosswise into triangles and then slice them lengthwise to expose the white insides. Make a pan sauce with ground pork, garlic, ginger, chiles, soy sauce, xiaoxing wine, mirin and sugar. Simmer the tofu in the sauce, stir in a bit of cornstarch slurry to thicken, and serve with a cilantro garnish.

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                                                                                                              Harters Mar 26, 2014 10:19 AM

                                                                                                              Easy answer to the OP thread title.

                                                                                                              Vicariously!

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                                                                                                                JudiAU Mar 26, 2014 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                We are not veg (at all) and I have no interest in making tofu taste like meat or really any meat substitutes. I like it and mymkidsmlike it on its own terms. Cold from tofu with soy saucemor sesame oil, in stir fries, in dumplings. Mapo tofu. High protein + soft texture for little ones.

                                                                                                                Most fried or "meaty" preparations are pretty awful. We aren't veg so we often have tofu plus a small amount of pastured pork as an additional seasoning agent.

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                                                                                                                  pumpkinspice Mar 27, 2014 04:55 AM

                                                                                                                  I am not vegetarian but i LOVE tofu in any shape...fried tofu, tofu and eggplant....anything!

                                                                                                                  I had tofu fajitas at a restaurant recently. Wow, I was blown away by how good it was. You had a choice of smokey bbq, teriyaki or spicy jalapeno (i got the jalapeno) and boy, were they ever delicious. Seems like all the water was pressed out as the tofu was more dense/chewy (wish I knew how they get it like this!).

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