to·​fu | \ˈtō-(ˌ)fü \

Definition of tofu 

: a soft food product prepared by treating soybean milk with coagulants (such as magnesium chloride or diluted acids) : bean curd tofu is our most versatile form of nonanimal concentrated protein, as well as the least processed and the most traditional.— Mark Bittman The tofu … was sliced uniformly and stacked neatly in the bowl of clear, seafood-flavored broth.— Karen Hayes Vegetarian cooking has never been so simple. Supermarkets carry packaged convenience foods like tofu hot dogs …— Norine Dworkin

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Toss half the mixture with the tofu, then toss in cornstarch. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 In other words, swapping that steak out for tofu or tempeh is a heart-smart move. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Is Soy Good or Bad for You? Here's the Science-Backed Answer," 18 July 2018 His soybean crops are sold to Japan for tofu and shipped there in crates once used by Honda. Debbi Snook,, "OEFFA's sustainable agriculture conference draws growing crowd (photos, video)," 17 Feb. 2018 Proteins come next and include raw tuna, salmon, cooked shrimp, cooked chicken and tofu. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Freestyle Poké: 5 things to know about River Market's popular Hawaiian-style cafe," 2 July 2018 Dice the tofu and season with fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, and chilies. Jc Gibbs, Smithsonian, "Meet The Devotees of the Growing Lao Food Movement in a New Video from Folklife," 31 May 2018 Or, perhaps, to construct a better theory out of fragments of these two that will satisfactorily explain the central puzzle of our existence: how a three-pound organ with the consistency of tofu exudes the feeling of life. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "What Is Consciousness?," 8 May 2018 And The Buffet offers Asian food stations serving noodle and rice dishes, tofu and fried shrimp and more. Pam Kragen,, "Craving Asian food? At local casinos, you're in luck," 29 Apr. 2018 Additional toppings like tofu ($4), king crab ($8) and mango ($4) can be thrown in for an extra charge. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "DIY and dine: 10 build-your-own, customizable foods in Chicago," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of tofu

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tofu

Japanese tōfu

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English Language Learners Definition of tofu

: a soft, white food made from soybeans and often used in vegetarian cooking instead of meat


to·​fu | \ˈtō-fü \

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: a soft food product prepared from soybeans

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