Tofu is quite a staple in our home. It is high in protein and comes in a variety of forms that is easy to incorporate into our meals.
Tofu dessert is the type of tofu that my children have most of the time. It is affectionately known as Foo-Fah in our home. These are the flavoured type tofu.
For our letter T AlphaFood Venture, we did two different recipes using two different tofus.
First we examined the two types of tofus.
I chose these two types not only for their usage in the recipes but also for the difference in colour and texture.
Tofu puffs (on the blue plate) are deep fried tofu that are hollow. The white block on the right is just a regular firm tofu.
Lets touch . . .
Immediately upon touching the puffs Ilyaas (4) was just amazed. They are basically like sponge balls. When he touched the firm tofu, it almost felt like a rubbery ball to him.
Also the puff tofu are oily to the touch as they are fried and the firm tofu was wet as they are usually packed in water just like feta cheese.
We also made an uppercase T with the tofu puffs (on the blue plate).
Lets smell . . .
Ilyaas was just reluctant to smell the tofus. Just for the record, they really do not have any distinct smell.
Lets see . . .
Ilyaas made an observation that both the tofus look like boxes. The first step to knowing cubes Insha-Allah I hope.
Recipes . . .
For the tofu puff recipe, I cut a hole on the top part of the puffs. I then helped Ilyaas scoop meat mixture into the hollow part of the tofu puff. We used baby feeding spoons for this. The meat mixture is just shrimp and some chicken with seasoning. Basically a wonton filling.
Once this was done, I deep fried the tofu puffs.
For the second recipe that uses the firm tofu, I had to fry the tofu block first.
We talked about the shape of the fried tofu i.e. a triangle. Next, with a sharpe knife I made a slit along the longest side of the fried tofu. Ilyaas then stuffed some shredded carrots and cucumbers into the slit tofu. In Malaysia this in known as tahu sumbat (stuffed tofu) and is usually a tea time treat.
Alhamdulillah our tofus were served with some chilli sauce for dipping along side a hot cup of tea! Unusual combination, but it works for us.
For those of you who have been sceptical about tofus, I hope you will be encourage to try some after reading this post. You can find a whole array of tofus at your local oriental supermarkets. If you are in Canada, T&T Supermarkets are a good place to start. You can also read descriptions of different types of tofus here.