Originally Posted by rainbow_clouds
Tofu - they all taste the same.
(Faints) ACK! No, no no... that's like saying all chocolate tastes the same. Tofu doesn't have much of a "taste", this is true, but there are huge differences in taste, texture and appearance between brands...
Originally Posted by bigdufstuff
If you live in the US you'll probably be able to find nasoya the easiest.
Nasoya is probably the most widely available, but is far from the freshest tasting or "best" by a long, long stretch... (Personally I find it nasty)
As bigdufstuff mentioned though, try and find organic if you can afford it. (I often can't).
Fresher is better with tofu. Look for it in bulk in Asian markets if you're adventurous enough to go there. It will be totally different than supermarket packaged tofu. Store the fresh tofu in a tupperwear container of water, change the water every day and use it or freeze it soon after buying it. GOOD stuff!
If you have to buy supermarket tofu, look for a brand made locally. (Or somewhere as close as possible). These will usually be fresher and firmer and have a MUCH better texture. Also, the smaller companies (Small Planet, Holy Cow, Common Ground, are some brands I know) usually make a far superior product.
If you're not going to cook it or use it in stir-fry and just going for that smooth, custardy texture however, the aseptically packaged (Mori-Nu) stuff in the box is almost tasteless and perfect for smoothies, dips, dressings and desserts. I don't care for the texture of water packed tofu in smoothies or dips actually.
Good luck! Tofu is an adventure all on it's own, you'll learn what you like and what works best for your favorite recipes as you experiment.