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 Add grilled chicken, salmon, steak, shrimp or tofu cubes. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2022 Using geometry to tailor a food’s mouthfeel could allow researchers to use healthy foods with low carbon footprints (think lentils or tofu) to create interesting, palatable meat substitutes, says Coulais. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 May 2022 Drive further north to order red curry with duck or tofu at Anchor Bay Thai and then onto Point Arena for savory pastries and a slice of princess cake at Franny’s Cup and Saucer Bakery. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 This recipe works very well with mushrooms or firm tofu in place of the meat. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 Cricket powder has 10 times more protein than tofu or quinoa. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 26 Apr. 2022 Finally, the to-go bowl was topped with a choice of protein, like crispy chicken or grilled tofu, and placed on a bright orange tray. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 12 Mar. 2022 The slippery strands are laced with slivers of firm pressed tofu, jalapeño, basil and lemon juice. Louisa Chu,, 28 Mar. 2022 The menu hasn’t been finalized yet, but diners might see okara flour, a tofu byproduct, incorporated into the pizza crust, and carrot-top pesto swirled on top. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Tofu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of tofu

: a soft food product prepared from soybeans

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