Tofu (?? t?fu or bean curd?) is a food made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into soft white blocks. It is part of East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and others. There are many different varieties of tofu, including fresh tofu and tofu that has been processed in some way. Tofu has a subtle flavor and can be used in savory and sweet dishes. It is often seasoned or marinated to suit the dish.
Tofu is thought to have originated in ancient China, but its precise origins are debated. Chinese legend ascribes its invention to prince Liu An (Chinese: ?? Liú ?n, 179–122 BC). Tofu and its production technique were introduced into Korea and then Japan during the Nara period. It also spread into other parts of East Asia as well. This spread likely coincided with the spread of Buddhism because it is an important source of protein in the vegetarian diet of East Asian Buddhism. Li Shizhen in the Ming Dynasty described a method of making tofu in Bencao Gangmu.
Tofu has a low calorie count, relatively large amounts of protein, and little fat. It is high in iron and, depending on the coagulant used in manufacturing, may also be high in calciumand/or magnesium.
*taken from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tofu*
Tofu or It’s called tahu in my country is one of traditional food from Java. Tahu bacem is a kind of food that has sweet and tasty flavor. You can eat it as side dish or just as finger food. Bacem means marinated with the ingredients and boiled it with small water in low/medium heat until the water is set.
4 pieces tofu
700 ml young coconut water
100 gr palm or coconut sugar
4 cloves of shallot
3 cloves of garlic
3 tbs coriander seed
3 cm galangal
2 tbs tamarind, mixed with water and use the juice
4 bay leaves
oil for frying or you can grilled it.
1. Ground shallot, garlic, coriander, candlenut and gallangal until smooth (i put all of them in the food processor).
2. Heat a small amount of oil in a fry pan. Put the grounded ingredients into it until the flavor comes out and then put the tofu and young coconut oil.
3. Bring to boiled. Then reduce the heat. Cooked until the water is run out. Set aside.
4. Fried it or grilled on the BBQ.
5. Ready to eat