Dear Soyinfo Center,

I wanted to introduce a tofu variety that I researched last summer in Guizhou, China, that I think is extremely distinctive and could have wide commercialization potential in the United States. In Chinese, it is called suantang doufu (酸汤豆腐), which literally translates to “sour soup tofu.” …

Tofu is one of most healthy, economical, and versatile plant-based proteins. Yet, western cooks tend to use just one variety — firm or extra firm.

While a lot of people enjoy firm tofu, there are other types that are easier to use and better suited towards non-Asian cooking styles. …

Most American grocery stores sell just 3 types of tofu: firm, soft, and silken. It’s a shame! China has so many other varieties!

Here are five of the most popular types, five rare and unusual ones, followed by my running list.

5 Popular Chinese Tofus

Pressed Tofu

Pressed tofu (dougan):
Dougan is a category of extra firm…

Maple Pecan “Suji” Tofu

Over half of Americans are trying to eat more plants and less meat, whether to fight climate change, improve their health, or boycott factory farming. Yet, despite growing demand for plant proteins, American tofu is a monolith.

Most mainstream grocers carry just 3 varieties — firm, soft, and silken —…

Over the last 1000 years, China has created an ingredient more powerful than chicken, using nothing more than plants.

The ingredient has more varieties. More culinary uses. Fewer saturated fats. Requires less land to grow.

That ingredient is tofu.

Tofu is misunderstood in the west. To many Americans, tofu is…

I remember the moment I got up to leave.

“I’m going to Guangzhou,” I told Master Chen. “I want to see what they have to offer.”

He was hurt, and almost immediately, the openness he once had towards me changed entirely. He seemed more closed off, more vulnerable.

I had flown across the world to Xiamen, China, with the…

It was late, but I had not eaten dinner at the restaurant. A block from my old rickety tower, I detoured north, peddling past the Haagen Daz and its beckoning $5 mango sorbet, a retailer that claimed to be the American Walmart, and the noisy waves of people crashing in…

George Stiffman

Researching Chinese tofu @ www.brokencuisine.com | vegan Chinese food @ IG: msgisvegan

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