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#1 Old 11-30-2006, 06:53 PM
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I'm sure this has probably been answered on here, but I'm not coming across it....

How do you get tofu to be chewy, like when you go to a restraunt and order something with fried tofu? Do you bake it and then fry it? If so, how long?

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#2 Old 11-30-2006, 07:01 PM
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I think the texture becomes chewier when you freeze it for awhile and then cook it later.

I remember reading about how to freeze it on misq17's blog (a VB user):
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#3 Old 12-01-2006, 09:43 AM
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I don't like the texture of tofu after it's been's pretty spongy.

I buy extra firm tofu, then pat it dry, and bake it or fry it. Seems to come out more firm when baked. (About 350 for 40 - 45 minutes) And I turn it half way through...frying is quicker - about 5 - 6 minutes per side.

eta: If using a marinade, I pat it dry before using the marinade, of course. You just want to get as much water out as you can.

That will make it more firm.
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#4 Old 12-01-2006, 10:30 AM
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I found if i press it really well, getting most water out, it is chewier and better.

i love fried tofu, but must not eat it so much! LOL
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#5 Old 12-05-2006, 08:53 AM
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thanks! I'll give them all a try.
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#6 Old 12-08-2006, 10:35 AM
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Yesterday I had some tofu this way:

Frozen then defrosted, cut into 1/2 cm slabs, and marinated in garlic, soy sauce, vegan worcestershire sauce, walnut oil and white wine, for about 10 mins.

Then gave a little squeeze to get excess marinade out, dipped in seasoned cornflour (aka cornstarch, just added some salt and pepper, cayenne pepper and some powdered vege stock), then dipped into soymilk, then dipped back into cornflour mixture.

These were then fried in a medium hot pan (sprayed iwth cooking oil beforehand) for about 15 minutes, turning once.

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#7 Old 12-08-2006, 02:23 PM
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I'm pretty sure at the restaurants it is deep fried. But baking and then frying in a decent amount of oil would probably give you the same results.
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