Plain Tofu

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Plain tofu (doufu) in China is usually prepared in large squares, which are cut by the vendor to yield smaller squares of about 10 cm (4") and 4 cm (1.5") thick. This doufu, which is moderately firm, is often sold immersed in water in sealed containers.

Pressed tofu, doufu-kan, is also sold in squares, rather smaller, and has a meatier, more chewy texture. It may have added colour or flavour. The version called wu-hsiang kan is a sort of savoury pressed tofu, flavoured with five or more spices. It comes in various shades of brown and is described as resembling smoked ham.