I agree. I think their tofu is fantastic and I'm not normally big on tofu. The first time I got it, I thought it was actually chicken and went about "dissecting" it to make sure it wasn't really meat.
I especially like their Honey Seared Tofu and Vegetables. Yummmy!
Edit: You may be able to find it in the Asian market too. I've also seen two-packs of plain (not flavored) baked tofu at Sam's Club, but that was a while ago.
No, you order at the cashier, pay, and they give you a number to display on your table. Beverages are self-serve also. The food is okay, but nothing special. It's a nice place to have a reasonably-priced family meal, which is why there always seem to be a lot of rambunctious kids running around.
yeah, pei wei tofu is unreal, i've never had tofu so thick and tough (but in a good way). the first time I got it, I really was afraid it was meat at first, it looks like beef strips, not typical cubes of fried tofu. I have no idea how they make it though, I suspect it has to do more with the actual tofu-making process, rather than how they cook it.
i work there, and i know exactly how they make it haha
I realize this is an old thread... but I feel, in the search engine someone may come across it - as I did searching for the answer to pei wei's delicious, well kept "secret" about their tofu.
I have tried to replicate their own tofu HUNDREDS of times, each attempt still delish, but a failure.
I saw the reply of the individual that said, "i work at pei wei and i know how they make it" but didn't share the "secret tofu recipe"... you're cool.
i worked at pei wei when it first opened in a few southern stores. i didn't find out what type they had then, until the frustration arose the other night when i craved it.
first of all, pei wei is a delicious dine! every dish is unique in it's own and mouth watering. their tofu, if you are familiar, is a harder texture than even the "firmest" tofu you can buy. i thought the "baked tofu" was the key to their dishes, but it was not.
i read about freezing tofu, which i have began to try this evening - so we will see the results on that.
however, after a long extended search, i went last night and simply asked. they've told me in the past, it was just regular tofu and they didn't know. so i told them i had an allergy and needed to know.
it's a baked bean curd. it comes to them prepackaged, almost dried sealed. they do not marinate it or add anything except whatever dish sauce you choose. i am guessing the distributor must bake the bean curd in soy sauce/marinades before shipping to give it the "brown color"..
next time i am at an Asian market, i am going to search for this bean curd to see if i can have a little bit of pei wei at my own home cooked meals.
now the secret is out! let me know if you all have any luck!
I was reading the thread decided to register so I can let you in on the secret.
The product as mentioned before is a baked bean curd (tofu). It is manufactured by AFC, (http://afcsoyfoods.com/product/afc-b...urd-hard-13oz/)
The way they get it firm/meat like is they press the juices out of the curd, and bake it. It has a very light marinade it is mainly for color more than anything. The marinade does have soy sauce and therefore has gluten.
Hope this helps, it is a great product. I simply dice it and add it into my fresh chopped salads.
Just thought I should mention that for people not familiar with different types and ways of preparing tofu.
It always amazes me how different people like tofu