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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Yet one of its most visible, functional surfaces, the backsplash wall, typically garners no more attention than a tub of tofu at a Texas barbecue. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Your Quick and Dirty Guide to Tiling a Kitchen Backsplash," 26 Apr. 2019 The only difficulty is deciding which of the seven varieties of tofu, 21 options for noodles or five kinds of eggplant to choose. Beth Segal,, "Szechuan Gourmet: Hot spot for hot pot and much more in Asiatown (photos)," 20 Apr. 2018 The versatile blend could even double as a marinade for grilled fish or sautéed tofu. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful vegetarian menu crosses bridge to spring," 7 Apr. 2018 In addition to nearly a dozen food stalls, Japan Village will also feature one-of-a-kind offerings, including tofu prepared on site. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Brooklyn Gets a Japanese Answer to Manhattan’s Eataly," 17 Nov. 2018 Firmly squeeze tofu in between paper towels to drain as much excess liquid as possible. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Easiest-Ever Grilled Veggie Burgers," 25 June 2018 Using tofu instead of meat in this flavorful green curry makes it a great vegetarian alternative, and ensures it's still packed with protein. Lori Powell And Janis Jibrin, Good Housekeeping, "Simple Tofu Green Curry Recipe," 7 Dec. 2017 Mei ZhangWildChinaShe’s a Chinese-food expert, plotting quests for prosciutto-like ham in Yunnan and fiery mapo tofu in Chengdu. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Add the tofu, bell pepper and snow peas, and increase the heat to medium-high. Joe Yonan, charlotteobserver, "For a bowl of winter comfort, lentils are the easy answer | Charlotte Observer," 9 Jan. 2018

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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


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: a soft food product prepared from soybeans

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