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

Examples of tofu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Slices of tofu add a bit of protein, heft, and texture. al, "Birmingham City Bite: Brick & Tin’s Veggie Rolls," 9 Jan. 2020 Tightly packed clouds of ground shrimp and pork emerge from slippery blocks of fresh tofu. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Green Garden Village, a New Chinatown Institution," 13 Dec. 2019 The chicken is fresh and pasture-raised with regenerative farming practices on a farm in Temecula (Riverside County) — the nice, boutique kind many would balk at buying at the grocery store before defaulting to a block of tofu. San Francisco Chronicle, "Soleil Ho | Hina Yakitori’s $110 tasting menu unleashes the power of poultry, and it's worth it," 29 Nov. 2019 She is backed up by Ms Lin, a nearby seller of tofu, a staple of vegetarian Chinese dishes. The Economist, "The planet needs China to curb its appetite for meat," 17 Oct. 2019 Traditional green goddess uses mayo and anchovies, but this vegan version takes advantage of silken tofu for body, and cilantro, lime juice and rice vinegar for flavor. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "6 spectacular sauce recipes to improve almost any meal," 28 Sep. 2019 Carefully add the tofu, so the broth does not splash. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "This hot-and-sour soup recipe is a cure-all for cold (and have-a-cold) days," 18 Dec. 2019 Add the tofu and sesame oil, and cook for 5 more minutes., "Recipe: Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi-Tofu Stew)," 4 Dec. 2019 To get a feel for Rosetta Hall’s global aspirations, diners can try the mapo tofu from chef Natascha Hess’ Ginger Pig stall. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Rosetta Hall just brought eight new restaurants in one to Boulder," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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15 Jan 2020

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“Tofu.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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) \

Kids Definition of tofu

: a soft food product prepared from soybeans

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