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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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 Signature recipes My tofu scramble and my vegan mac n cheese. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vegan since childhood found her calling as caterer, teacher," 8 June 2018 The tender Manila clams, squid and shrimp in the spicy tofu-seafood stew kept more of their natural juiciness than usual, although very firm shellfish isn’t necessarily a defect in that dish. New York Times, "French Skills Meet Korean Flavors at Soogil in the East Village," 8 May 2018 The menu is contemporary American – mostly pubby favorites like burgers, sandwiches, salads and pastas – with a few fun twists like curry, shrimp and grits, peanut/tofu stir-fry, and chicharrons. Anchorage Daily News, "Dining review: Pulling up a chair at Table 6 in Midtown Anchorage," 3 May 2018 Or if pretending to furniture shop worked up more of an appetite, a bigger plate like a lobster roll served with tarragon tartar sauce and Cape Cod chips ($21) or a trio of chicken, brisket or tofu bao buns ($5 each) should do the trick. Gwendolyn Purdom, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago date idea: 'Window' shopping at 3 Arts Club Cafe then strolling and dinner at The Vig," 13 Apr. 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


to·fu | \ˈtō-fü \

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: a soft food product prepared from soybeans

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