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
Recent Examples of tofu from the Web
And starters abound: egg rolls, crispy tofu, popcorn chicken, salad, edamame.
Highlights include the whole roasted cauliflower ($10, served with pickled vegetables and cauliflower puree), and Chinese broccoli cooked with fermented black beans and salt-and-pepper tofu ($8).
Added at the last minute are cubes of congealed pig's blood, brown or maroon in color and with a texture not dissimilar to tofu.
Oats and tofu provide the base, while mustard and lemon juice add a citrusy tang.
The vegan version has tofu and vegan chipotle sausage.
Stunning and nearly as tender as tofu (19 billion times more delicious, though).
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Origin and Etymology of tofu
First Known Use: 1771
TOFU Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tofu for English Language Learners
: a soft, white food made from soybeans and often used in vegetarian cooking instead of meat
TOFU Defined for Kids
Definition of tofu for Students
: a soft food product prepared from soybeans
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