Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Vegan Who Doesn't Love Tofu?


Since this whole vegan journey began, I have kept tubs of tofu in the fridge ready to be cooked or thrown into this or that. More often than not, I happen across it in the fridge and realize the expiration date is long past due. Dare I say, I don't love Tofu? Is that a sin in this new vegan world I'm living in? I like it kind of, but after two or three bites, I'm tofu-ed out. I mean this looks good right? There is nothing wrong with this recipe at all. It was a sweet and sour recipe I found. The tofu was coated dipped and coated in corn starch and sautéed, so it had a nice crisp. The sauce was yummy as well, but hmmm.....Tofu. Why don't I love it?

12 comments:

Morgan@LittleHouseofVeggies said...

Hmmmm, the recipe looks good to me! I love tofu when it is prepared well! I have foudn that people either love it or hate it though...

bakerymanis said...

don't even worry about not liking tofu! it's not a requirement of a veg lifestyle! hehe! although i have to admit that my new favorite brand is the smoked wildwood tofu- great texture and flavor, ready to eat. great for long days at work! it's a little bit expensive but sooo worth it! also, if you want to use tofu but don't like the flavor use the silken tofu in dressing and vegan chocolate mousse- even my tofu-hating mama likes that one! and have you tried tempeh yet? another delish and hearty soy product, infinitely tastier than tofu... and what about that seitan recipe that you said you wanted to try? all kinds of options for you dear!

Kylea Rorabaugh said...

I have been with you in the past my dear but have actually found several recipes I have tried that I like it in. I really like the Nigari tofu by Central Soy - it's made in Kansas and it has great texture and there are several flavors. I have only tried the Hot and Zesty but it was very good. I have also really enjoyed the silken tofu in sauces and desserts. But, I have also found that I only like tofu 1 or 2 times a week and that is totally enough for me. I agree, tempeh and seitan (which we have already talked a bunch about!!) are also great options to try. No worries - there are probably more vegans out there than you think who don't like tofu :-)

Anonymous said...

I didn't like it all at first, I went vegan Jan 1st... and it has really grown on me. I kind of crave it now, but still only eat it once or twice a month. You don't need it to be veg!

Vegan Piggy said...

Ok y'all :) I'll try a few other brands. I don't make it to Whole Foods enough, so the selection isn't that great at the normal grocery store. Maybe that's it! Smoked and Nigari tofu sounds good. I have used silken tofu in desserts and sauces. I don't mind tofu cream cheese or sour cream. I think it's just when it's prepared like this in some kind of Asian dish, that I'm not crazy about it. I do like scrambled tofu, I think :)

I did try seitan, and I actually liked it a lot. I didn't post about it for some reason. Maybe the meal wasn't picture worthy. Darn my perfectionism! I prepared it a few ways, and think I could come up with a great version that's just to my taste. I like tempeh as well. It's been fun trying new recipes with these options. The possibilities are endless! Sometimes I'm just happy with a bowl of lentils or lima beans or whatever though.

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

Can't help you there, I LOVE tofu! But I second Kylea's recommendation of Central Soyfoods Nigari tofu. It's super-firm and the bite & texture are great.

Vegan Piggy said...

Amber, I'm kind of obsessing about your tofu express, or whatever it's called. I think that would make a difference, because yes, who wants to wrap tofu and stack various kitchen implements on it etc. I want to, want to like tofu. I made another recipe out of Vegan Yum Yum. Quite involved recipe with tofu ricotta, and still I'm not loving it. I am going to though darn it!

theegglesstort said...

I'm not a huge tofu person either. Maybe I just haven't tried enough cool recipes, but I'm very meh about it. Though I do like baked tofu somewhat better - have you tried the Soy Boy baked, flavored tofus?

RCrittle said...

I feel you! I can only take Tofu in tiny, bite-size pieces :)

Rachel said...

Have you ever tried freezing the tofu first? If you first freeze it, then thaw it out before cooking, it has a most dense, thick texture (like chicken?). I don't know, but it works and it is great.

Vegan Piggy said...

Rachel,

No, I haven't tried that. That's a great idea! Since writing this I found a brand of tofu I like. Central Soy's smoked nigari tofu is amazing! I think I was just buying the wrong brand or something.

Nina said...

Hello,
I love tofu. Marilyn Diamond's The New American Vegetarian Cookbook taught me to slice it lengthwise and then wrap it in a clean, lint-free towel for 30 minutes. This really changes the texture and, in a drier state, the tofu now accepts more of the flavors. Try this. In fact, Diamond's vegan cookbook is my favorite, and I have, um, many. Very many.