Ingredient Name:  Fresh Tofu or Bean Curd

Traditional Chinese Name:  豆腐(dòu fu)
What is this?
  • Tofu is made from soybeans
  • It is coagulated soy milk that is cut into blocks
  • Tofu is available fresh or processed or pre-cooked
  • It is a food or Chinese origin
  • Tofu can be as steamed, stewed, fried, braised, fermented, made in soups and a variety of cooking methods

How do I prepare it?

  • Simply remove from package, drain the tofu water and cut into cubes if used in soups

Where can I buy this?

  • You can purchase fresh tofu in most Asian supermarkets
  • You must purchase stiffer tofu so that when boiled in soup, it doesn’t break apart

What is the cost?

  • A pack of 4 large cubes of tofu costs around $1.50 CAD

Any benefits?

  • Tofu is a low-calorie food with no saturated fat or cholesterol and is very high in protein
  • It contains beneficial amounts of iron, calcium and magnesium

Any precautions?

  • Soybeans if consumed in large amounts can contribute to gout due to its high protein content

Additional Information?

  • Fresh tofu has a very short shelf life of up to 1 week
  • You can smell the fresh tofu to determine whether its gone bad or not