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It is always sooooo good! at least at the chinese place we always frequent. we went tonight, ( i had kung pao tofu) and i was thinking about how when i cook a dish with tofu it never tastes as good, the tofu always has a "funny" weird taste to me. so i stopped trying to cook it.<br><br>
but im wondering if i could do it the way they do it at the chinese restaurant i would try again. it seems like they saute it, its crispy on the outside, not chewy, light, airy.<br><br>
maybe its also the brand of tofu? i have always used nasoya, but i know others have mentioned better brands?
 

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well actually the restaurant we go to does not use msg, they prob just load up on salt though,<br><br>
but my question actually meant the method, i am assuming saute, but im wondering.
 

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funny, I just had this conversation this weekend as we were brewing up some beer over a big propane burner. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> big flame = hot wok = great 'fu<br><br><br><br>
they deep fry it in an extremely hot wok - if you have an electric stove or wok, you might as well forget about trying to duplicate it.<br><br><br><br>
Your best bet is to go to an asian market and buy fried tofu.
 

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They may...<br><br><br><br>
Freeze the tofu first. This creates water crystals inside the tofu that makes pocket of air once it is thawed. This will give it a chewy inside that is different than the jello inside you may be used to.<br><br><br><br>
Then they may properly drain it so that it cooks better.<br><br><br><br>
Then, and here is the kicker, they may throw it in the deep fryer. This will quickly cook the outside and not so much the inside. It will give it a crusty outside with the chewy inside in tact. Plus deep fried food tastes great no matter what.
 

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I've never liked a tofu dish that I got at a Chinese restaurant but I LOVE the tofu that they have on the salad bar in Whole Foods and I too seem to be incapable of preparing it at home.<br><br>
The only thing that ever works for me is to buy already marinated tofu and bake it in the toaster oven. I serve it up with rice or rice noodles and maybe some veggies. I don't believe in frying food so I'm not going to recommend it to anyone but I'd bet thats what your asian place does- it may not be that bad, it depends what kind of cooking oil they use and how well they drain it afterwards.
 

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yeah i bet its deep fried, thats why its so yummy........lol.......<br><br>
i am going to ask him the next time we go in.....
 

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I've never liked a tofu dish that I got at a Chinese restaurant but I LOVE the tofu that they have on the salad bar in Whole Foods and I too seem to be incapable of preparing it at home.<br><br>
The only thing that ever works for me is to buy already marinated tofu and bake it in the toaster oven. I serve it up with rice or rice noodles and maybe some veggies. I don't believe in frying food so I'm not going to recommend it to anyone but I'd bet thats what your asian place does- it may not be that bad, it depends what kind of cooking oil they use and how well they drain it afterwards.</div>
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Funny, the other day I was just thinking about how in the world Whole foods gets their tofu so good. Tofu is good but their tofu is just... WOW. The tofu I prepare at home is ok, but I have yet to master the art of outstanding tofu.
 

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Looks like you'll need to buy a deep frier buddy!<br><br>
and SHARE<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">
 

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You can buy frozen cubes of fried tofu at Asian markets and re-fry for a bit to warm it up... not exactly the same but quite yummy nonetheless.<br><br><br><br>
<shrug> Don't know if that helps.
 

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>>Freeze the tofu first.>><br><br><br><br>
I've never encountered frozen tofu at a Chinese place.<br><br>
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Yeah...when they do it well, it's mos' def deep fried.<br><br><br><br>
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