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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This classic Vietnamese sandwich is slathered with mayonnaise and crowned with pickled vegetables offered two ways — with pork or tofu and mushrooms. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Ngon Appetit keeps it simple with 3 items — soup, sandwiches, crepes," 11 July 2018 While the squash and tofu skewers are on the grill, strain the green papaya. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Vegetarian Grilling Ideas Sure To Impress Even The Judge-iest BBQ Guests," 3 July 2018 Soybean farmers — whose crop can be found in everyday products ranging from tofu and soy sauce to cosmetics, farm feed and biofuel — are likely to be on the receiving end of a huge hit. Corilyn Shropshire,, "Rough week for Illinois businesses as more tariffs loom," 2 July 2018 These were from the Sichuan province in China, so like really spicy mapo tofu and chili boiled fish and cucumber salad and all that stuff. Tracy Brown,, "How 'Bao' director Domee Shi stayed true to her 'weird' idea and created a specifically Asian story," 16 June 2018 Stir-fry and ramen-style bowls can be filled with steak, chicken, shrimp, tofu and vegetables. Lauren Delgado,, "Universal Orlando's Aventura Hotel will include food hall inspired Urban Pantry," 29 June 2018 The next step is the protein, which includes ahi tuna, tofu, shrimp, or spicy tuna. Julia Sayers,, "Where to get the city's healthiest, tastiest bowl meals," 16 Jan. 2018 Bold, zesty and packed with protein, this veggie lover's recipe combines tofu, chopped asparagus, shiitake mushrooms and edamame, all stir-fried in a light and tangy orange-soy sauce. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Orange-Soy Tofu Stir-Fry," 11 Dec. 2014 The other large offering is a conflation of the Tuscan seafood stew cacciucco and the tofu stew sundubu. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Andersonville’s Passerotto is a tale of two peninsulas," 21 June 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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: 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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