to·​fu ˈtō-(ˌ)fü How to pronounce tofu (audio)
: 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 Rich in isoflavones, another phytoestrogen, soy (think tempeh, tofu and edamame) should appear on your shopping list too. Georgia Day, Vogue, 6 Sep. 2023 Silken tofu is the softest kind of tofu, which when blended turns into a smooth puree that can be used as a neutral egg replacement. Alana Al-Hatlani, Southern Living, 24 Aug. 2023 Other sandwich and wrap ideas: hummus, chopped tomatoes and shredded lettuce in a pita; sauteed or baked tofu, tempeh or seitan with the seasoning or sauce of your choice. Katie Workman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Sep. 2023 Consume lean proteins: Foods like chicken, fish, beans, and tofu are excellent sources of protein that can help repair tissues and support muscle growth. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 1 Sep. 2023 House of the Seasons, in contrast, is a structured observation of a family of tofu makers spanning three generations. Patrick Frater, Variety, 31 Aug. 2023 For instance, extra-firm tofu can be quickly transformed into a scramble that's just as tasty as eggs, and pancakes can be whipped up without any dairy, no issue. Brittany Natale, Women's Health, 2 Aug. 2023 The breakfast burrito comes out and it’s loaded with tofu and beans and potatoes and salsa and avocado and sour cream. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 15 June 2023 The bullet-train speed with which the meal is described leaves our heads spinning; a little salad of chrysanthemum flower, sparked with a yuzu vinaigrette, calms the storm, as does a steaming bowl of miso soup swirled with tofu and wild parsley. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Japanese tōfu

First Known Use

1771, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tofu was in 1771

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“Tofu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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to·​fu ˈtō-fü How to pronounce tofu (audio)
: a soft food product prepared by coagulating soybean milk

called also bean curd

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