to·​fu | \ ˈtō-(ˌ)fü How to pronounce tofu (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Because soybeans are naturally rich in calcium, tofu, which is made from soybeans, is too. Amy Thomas, Good Housekeeping, "10 Surprising Sources of Calcium," 17 Feb. 2021 Shred the meat into bite-size pieces, discarding the bones and cartilage, then add it back to the stew along with the tofu, scallion greens, sugar, and remaining kimchi. Christopher Kimball,, "Recipes: Three hearty stews that let you skip a step," 5 Jan. 2021 Tear or cut the caps into big pieces and transfer them to the food processor, along with the tofu, scallions, sesame oil, ginger, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Washington Post, "Vegetarian wontons are a delight to eat in this light, fragrant soup," 20 Dec. 2020 They are found in lots of common foods, including legumes, beets, berries, cranberries, oranges, chocolate, tofu, wheat bran, soda, coffee, tea, beer, dark green vegetables and sweet potatoes. Jill Joyce, The Conversation, "Anti-nutrients – they’re part of a normal diet and not as scary as they sound," 12 Jan. 2021 For the vegetarian option, jackfruit and crispy tofu are stewed in broth with Japanese sweet potato, kabocha squash and mushrooms. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Your guide to the Vietnamese-inspired menu at Belly, Phoenix's new takeout-only restaurant," 28 Nov. 2020 Meals include items like breakfast burritos, Spanish tortas and oatmeal breakfast pie, red curry with tofu, enchilada casserole and pasta bolognese, all in the range of 230 to 460 calories. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "Meal delivery services that make healthy eating easy — and delicious," 5 Jan. 2021 Order up some mapo tofu, dan dan noodles, and dry pot cauliflower. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "Thrillist: These Atlanta restaurants should be on your bucket list," 30 Dec. 2020 Waso Soft + Cushy Polisher is formulated with tofu to help smooth and support the skin while exfoliating. David Syrek,, "Say good riddance to 2020. 6 ways to reboot and start a fresh year with better habits and better gear.," 26 Dec. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Tofu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce tofu (audio) \

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: a soft food product prepared from soybeans

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