Tofu Stir Fry

Calling all vegetarians (and non-vegetarians) - we have a special dish for you - our Tofu Stir Fry! What is tofu and where does it come from, you ask? Well, we have the answers! The Chinese are regarded as the first to invent/discover soybean curd, which they called “doufu.” During the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - 220 A.D.), the production of bean curd became widespread. The Japanese adopted it hundreds of years later and used the term “tofu.” Here’s another fun history fact for you: Benjamin Franklin sent soybeans in 1770 from Europe back to America! The process of making tofu is fairly simple. Soybeans are soaked and ground into a slurry that is warmed with water and then strained to become soy milk. The milk is combined with a coagulant (usually niagiri) and simmered until the curds and whey separate. That mixture is then pressed onto cloth-lined molds until the whey drains out. The longer it’s pressed, the firmer it becomes!

 

Block tofu is found mostly in grocery stores and restaurants and comes in different textures, such as soft, medium, firm, and extra firm. There is also silken tofu (with the same textures), five spice tofu, smoked tofu, and inari. We use firm tofu in our stir fry & pair it with a variety of veggies like peppers, onions, snow peas, and bean sprouts. Served with fresh basil and over steamed jasmine rice, our Tofu Stir Fry is a mix of vibrant flavors that won’t leave you disappointed!