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#1 Old 03-19-2017, 07:31 AM
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What would you consider the best seasoning for this? I've always found it tasteless no matter what I put on it!
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#2 Old 03-19-2017, 11:01 AM
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What would you consider the best seasoning for this? I've always found it tasteless no matter what I put on it!
Hi Richoo,

Although tofu doesn't have much flavor, it is able to absorb the flavor of sauces etc. You can make this happen by (1) marinating the tofu and/or (2) mashing the tofu into small pieces.

I like adding finely-mashed tofu to my spaghetti sauce, and eating with whole wheat pasta.
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I'll take a new package, slice it into six or eight pieces, rub the pieces in either soy sauce or barbecue sauce, then bake at 350 for thirty or forty minutes, then put in the fridge.

Now they are tasty for sandwiches or stir fries or straight eating!
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What have you tried on it?

Personally, I like it cut in small rectangles seasoned with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Then cook it in pan-fry with a little olive oil until the sides are golden-brown.
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My favorite way to eat tofu is in eggless egg salad. http://www.quietlyvegan.com/eggless-egg-salad.html

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We put hard tofu into rice and vegetables and nuts or into pasta and pasta sauce as the mood takes us .Also fluffy tofu in curries.

Soft tofu is good for cheese cake of various types.

The variety is endless (well almost)

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Tofu + sugar in a food processor = dessert creme.

If you get extra firm tofu and press the water out, then cut into cubes, you can dredge them in cornstarch/salt/pepper then fry them. It gives them a crispy coating, like fried chicken.

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Anyone just eat raw tofu with a pinch of salt? I did. It's really tasty.

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Think of tofu like a blank canvas - you wouldn't have eaten plain chicken or pork without seasoning or marinade right? Tofu is the same, only better, as you can get it in many different forms, which makes it super versatile! The key (with a medium or firm tofu) is to press the excess water out so it can absorb more flavour. Just taking it right out of the package and sprinkling salt on it will yield a pretty bland result for sure ^_^ If you have a cast iron pan, definitely use that to cook it too, it'll give you a beautiful charred flavour - i cook all my veggies, tofu, and seitan on a cast iron pan and it's magical ^_^

Also, if you're fairly new to tofu (or even if you're not), I highly recommend trying it if you can, in a restaurant where they know how to prepare it, so you can see how nice it can be Try agedashi tofu or teriyaki tofu in a Japanese restaurant, tofu pad thai in a Thai restaurant, or tofu banh mi in a Vietnamese restaurant, or if you're fortunate to be close to a vegetarian restaurant, you can try it in a scramble or a sandwich. Yum!
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Anyone just eat raw tofu with a pinch of salt? I did. It's really tasty.
I've found different brands of tofu have a distinctive taste, even when the same coagulant is used, but I do often each most of my portion cold as I'm preparing it to cook. Mostly with Braggs amino acids, or salt and pepper

I've made my own a few times and it's the best thing ever! I do have a soy milk maker which helps A LOT!

Need to add- people seem to be very particular on how they like tofu. Some swear by freezing it first for the texture. As much as I love tofu I hate it after it's been frozen! To me that gives it the texture of an old sponge
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Need to add- people seem to be very particular on how they like tofu. Some swear by freezing it first for the texture. As much as I love tofu I hate it after it's been frozen! To me that gives it the texture of an old sponge
When I was newly vegan, doing this helped me a lot, as it seemed to be more of a texture I could identify with (not an old sponge lol - but a more "meaty" texture). Now I actually prefer my tofu on the softer side; I prefer medium over firm, and I will eat it plainer than I once did. I suppose it's an acquired taste, like many things ^_^
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Anyone just eat raw tofu with a pinch of salt? I did. It's really tasty.
I've actually eaten raw tofu by itself, but I only like the firm kind that way. It reminds me vaguely of cottage cheese. But the vast majority prefer to flavor it some way, as several posters have mentioned above. I still haven't figured out how to make it like my favorite Chinese restaurants do.
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My partner will only eat tofu if I cube it and add to a stir fry over rice with a peanut or tahini thai sauce (peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, pinch of maple syrup, turmeric).

My favorite way to eat it is just to blend it with a banana or strawberries, carob or cocoa powder, pinch of water, pinch of maple syrup for a breakfast pudding.

On rare occasion I have blended it with steamed sweet potato, vegan cheese (Daiya shreds), plant milk to make a thick creamy "cheese" sauce to go over macaroni for mac and cheese. Adding just a little vegan mayo with this makes it even richer and slightly tangy.

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