17 Recipes that will make you love Tofu
Not a lot of people love tofu, it has its bad reputation for being tasteless and weird texture. If you eat it as it is, yes, I can understand but if you cook it properly, they can be really good. Tofu is a really great ingredient. It is one versatile ingredient and can take on many types of flavour, from spicy, savoury and sweet. Whether it is fried, steamed or stir fried, this thing works wonders.
Tofu is made of soybeans that are curdled and pressed into blocks, similar to how cheese is pressed. It can appear in many forms, from hard, firm, soft, jelly and even a mix of egg and tofu. It is a very nutritious ingredient like calcium, protein or Vitamin B12, plus it is low calorie.
Here, you’ll find 17 Recipes that will make you love Tofu that you can enjoy in different occasions, like quick and easy dinners, appetizers, beer match or even desserts.
Appetizer or Beer Match Tofu Recipes
Crispy Salt and Pepper Tofu – Let’s start with something that looks simple. Just simply deep fried seasoned with salt, pepper and sometimes chillies. Good technique is needed for this to yield the best results, but it certainly pays off. Warm and soft tender insides, with a nice melting crunch outside.
Tokwa’t Baboy (Pork and Tofu) – Filipino’s love this. Pork ears and Tofu, certainly it does not sound appetizing but once you tried it, you will understand why it is a popular beer match.
Stir Fried with some Veggies
Stir Fried Bean Sprouts and Tofu – For the Japanese, Thai and Filipinos this dish is quite common. I guess other Asian counties will have their variation too. There is a reason why you see these two together, Beans Sprouts and Tofu. It’s like Salt and Caramel, or Peaches and Cream, when its together, they make an awesome combination.
Tofu Green Bean Stir Fry – Another stir fried on this list, Green beans and Tofu. The combination of garlic, soy sauce and a bit of sugar, gives this dish the nice flavours it needed.
Crispy Tofu and Choy Sum – Crispy tofu, soft choy sum, it’s a dish with opposite textures which gives it its character.
Stir Fried Bok Choy and Tofu – Almost similar to the above but instead of Choy Sum, Bok choy is used, adding a nice bitter taste to the whole dish.
Braised Tofu – This is the mother of all tofu stir fries. Mixed vegetables and mushrooms, with fried tofu then braised, this is what a vegetable lovers dreams are made of.
Meats meet Tofu
Mapo Tofu – This list of 17 Recipes that will make you love Tofu will not be complete without this. Perhaps the most popular and the most favourited tofu dish off all. Its mouth numbing spiciness combined with umami filled flavours, loving this is no brainer.
Lechon con Tokwa – This one is a good marriage between pork and tofu. It’s the best of both worlds joined but a scrumptious sweet and savoury sauce that will definitely needs a lot of extra rice.
Fish in Black Bean Sauce – Salted Fermented Black bean adds a lot of flavours to many dishes hence it is used a lot in Asian cuisines. Using that sauce on fish is nothing different, but if you want to add more texture to it, then just add some tofu. That pressed soy milk will suck all of that nice flavour.
Fried Egg Tofu and Eggplants – Now this one is quite different, still using tofu but with the added help from eggs which gives is a silkier texture. This dish is all about that, silky smooth texture which is so pleasant on every bite.
Steamed Tofu with Ground Pork – Sometimes you don’t need to cut that tofu. Just place it in a plate, top it with some seasoned minced meat, then off to the steamer.
Soft Tofu, Mince and Peas – Another simple dish that prepares in minutes. A simple sauté of minced pork and peas mixed with soft tofu can go a long way.
Tofu Recipes with Soup
Spicy Tofu and Prawn Ramen – Asians love to start their day with some hot soup and noodles. If you are up for it, try this spice infused ramen with some tofu, it will certainly kick start your day.
Japanese Mushroom, Tofu and Vermicelli Soup – When it comes to umami, the Japanese are expert in this area. Take this vermicelli soup for example, that dashi and shiitakes would make any boring tasteless tofu exciting.
Tofu and Bean Sprout Braise – Tofu works with creamy soups as well that is why this dish is one of my favourite side dishes. Its meatless but its flavourful.
Strawberry Taho / Taho – Yes! tofu for dessert or drink. In the Philippines this is also considered as a breakfast. Made with tofu jelly, so its softer than silken tofu. I know this might sound weird for most, but this thing is addictive. It can be enjoyed with just a simple sugar syrup but modern taho versions have fruity variants, ube and even chocolate.
There you have it, 17 Recipes that will make you love Tofu. I am not sure if you liked something on this list but hopefully you would try anything on this list, I am sure you will like one or two. Even the pickiest meat eater people that I know have made some of these dishes their favourites, so why won’t you. If you have other exciting tofu recipes, let us know. I would love to try it, as long as you let me know that recipe of yours.