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Deep fried tofu

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:17 pm
by Scrubb
Mr_S bought 2 packed of deep fried tofu chunks last week. I have most of the second one left over. So I either need delicious ways to use them up in the next few days, or I need to freeze them.

Can you freeze them? If not, please supply recipes. Thank you.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:32 am
by snowgirl
Shit, I hope you can freeze them. Otherwise I've got a half bag of them that I'll have to use up pronto.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:44 am
by VinnyD
Give me a minute or two and I will be happy to share with you all my recipes that make todu taste delicious.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:48 am
by VinnyD
OK, there you have them. Enjoy!

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:07 am
by lolasf
I didn't even know you could buy pre-fried tofu. There's my TIL moment.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:10 am
by VinnyD
Mine also, but yesterday I learned that the French word for paperclips, perhaps only for paperclips of the standard shape, is trombones.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:14 am
by northern_goddess
Oh, my.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:34 am
by Lulu
VinnyD wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:48 am
OK, there you have them. Enjoy!
Smartass

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:35 am
by Lulu
Never had it frozen, but I do love me some fried tofu in curry sauce

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:59 am
by Scrubb
Yeah, the ones I used up were in a laksa. I wasn't planning another curry right away, but I just remembered I have a 1/2 can of coconut milk in the freezer and some red curry paste in the 'fridge. So yeah, maybe just a generic curry sauce and some tofu for lunch.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:42 am
by Lulu
Tofu is delicious

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:46 am
by mad hatter
Since you can buy frozen fried tofu I'd say your safe chucking it in the freezer

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:48 am
by EMG
The only dish I know of with fried tofu is Filipino Tokwa’t baboy.

It’s pretty good, but I’ve never cooked it myself

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:22 pm
by cowtown
does it come frozen?

if no, there is a reason

I like the idea of pre-fried tofu, do you have to heat it up separately and then finish with it ?

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:31 pm
by Scrubb
Depends what you're using it for, I guess - putting it in laksa, I just throw it into the pot to warm up in the liquid. It doesn't really absorb the liquid so doesn't get soggy, but warms up in a few minutes.

If I just make a curry sauce for the rest I'll likely zap the cubes in the microwave for 30 seconds or so before serving.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:32 pm
by cowtown
VinnyD wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:44 am
Give me a minute or two and I will be happy to share with you all my recipes that make todu taste delicious.
Supermarket tofu is always terrible. Homemade tofu is not always good, but it can be. When it fails, it is usually because all the eggwhites were beaten to a froth. You can beat a couple of whites if you like, but if you separate ...


I love a good agedashi tofu

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:32 pm
by cowtown
is it crunchy when cooked?

thanks

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:21 pm
by Lincoln
I love deep fried tofu...my mother-in-law makes it when she visits...any left over is frozen and always tastes great when re-cooked.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:20 pm
by BulletPark
Deep-fried tofu would appear, on the face of it, to be one of those dishes that obviates the reason anyone would eat the stuff in the first place. Sort of like sugar-free candy-canes or diet chicken fat.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:30 pm
by EMG
It sounds weird but it's an interesting texture. The dish I mentioned, is chunks of pork belly and chunks of deep fried tofu, then a lot of chilis and a sauce, so you go back and forth between chunks of fatty pork belly and little fluffy pillows of tofu. Dunked in the sauce.

In general I'm not a fan of tofu, but I found this one kind of fun to eat.

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Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:46 pm
by dragon
I love deep-fried tofu. You can buy bags of it?? What a world.

Make some nice peanut sauce and fry up some spinach. Yum.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:18 am
by korgy
ever had it marinated and baked? really great...

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:58 pm
by Kikilamour
yep, freeze it.
mix with all kinds of meat dishes or veggie ones. i was going to say laksa, but you already did.
it's very versatile. i don't have a specific recipe because it just goes with everything.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:11 am
by Scrubb
cowtown wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:32 pm
is it crunchy when cooked?

thanks
Hmmm. I think it could be if you fried it, but definitely not when put into laksa.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:47 pm
by korgy
cowtown wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:32 pm
Homemade tofu is not always good, but it can be. When it fails, it is usually because all the eggwhites were beaten to a froth. You can beat a couple of whites if you like, but if you separate ...
cowtown, what does this mean?
tofu doesn't have egg in it (unless it is egg tofu).

just as an aside, i dont eat tofu that much

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:53 pm
by cowtown
It means I’m making fun of Vinny D’s with his annual eggnog rant. It’s a cut and paste of one of his posts changed enough to fit but not enough for him to not recognize it

Tofu is so versatile and there are so many types, textures and preparation that y to write it all off would be silly, like writing off all pop music

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:16 pm
by Scrubb
I just made a curry sauce to eat with them. Sauteed some onion, garlic, and red curry paste then added coconut milk and a couple of tomatoes. I left it simmering without checking it for just a bit too long - I'd been planning to throw in the tofu chunks for 2 minutes at the end, but when I checked it, it was too thick and starting to burn to the pan so I turned it off and just rolled the tofu around in it to warm up. There wasn't quite enough flavour in the curry sauce, but it wasn't bad.

I did experiment a bit with the tofu - 2 chunks I put in with the onion, garlic, and curry paste and fried each side for a bit, to see if it would make them crunchy. Two chunks I put in at the same time as the coconut milk and tomato to see if they'd get soggy with the simmering. Then I threw all of the chunks into the sauce at the end to try to heat them a bit.

The result was that I didn't notice any texture differences in any of them.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:48 pm
by BeatRaven
Mapo Tofu (sweet and spicy sauce) is the zenith of deep fried tofu-dom:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mapo_doufu

PF Chang's makes it the best. My purist Fuschia Dunlop Chinese Cookbooks pretty much mimic their recipe:

https://www.today.com/recipes/ma-po-tofu-wbrp9253058

What they forget to tell you:

Dredge your tofu cubes in cornstarch or better yet, potato starch to keep them from disintegrating. Likewise, don't move 'em around too much in the oil. I'm talking about deep frying your own (much nicer), not buying it already deep fried. It takes about 20 minutes to get to golden brown.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:54 pm
by VinnyD
cowtown, how would you describe the flavor of tofu? "Bland" is the first word that comes to my mind. Also the second, third, and last.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:03 pm
by DCComic
VinnyD wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:54 pm
cowtown, how would you describe the flavor of tofu? "Bland" is the first word that comes to my mind. Also the second, third, and last.

Also potato, pasta, bread, rice, pap...

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:33 pm
by VinnyD
True of pasta. Not so much of the others, if pap is like grits. (There is such a thing as bland bread, but good bread is not bland.)

Note that those are all starches. Tofu is ordinarily eaten with a starch, in place of something like shrimp or ham that would lend the starch some flavor.

I am not saying I don't eat tofu. I do.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:01 pm
by Citizen Baba
Packaged fried tofu? Yuck.

Just buy some, cut it up, dip it in rice flour, and fry. It ain't Chez Panisse.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:20 pm
by Scrubb
It's totally different from when I fry it myself. It's all pouffed up. It's also super duper easy.

I don't deep fry at home, so when I fry tofu it's shallow fried and absolutely nothing like this stuff.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:27 pm
by Citizen Baba
I could go the rest of my life without eating pouffy tofu.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:30 pm
by BeatRaven
the pre-done tofu is crappier tofu. Even crappier than you get at the supermarket. Maybe in a mega-Asian supermarket you can get tofu that wasn't fried months ago.

It does have a taste, as anyone who's been to a tofu specialty restaurant will attest.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:40 pm
by VinnyD
I didn't say it did not have a taste. It has a taste, which I would describe as bland. Blander even than battery-produced skinless chicken breast, which is saying a lot.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:04 pm
by cowtown
VinnyD wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:44 am
Give me a minute or two and I will be happy to share with you all my recipes that make todu taste delicious.
VinnyD wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:33 pm

I am not saying I don't eat tofu. I do.
Vinny D, what other food do you eat that you don't think taste delicious?

Answer me, answer ME, ANSWER ME NOW, BITCH !!!

* cue his I've eaten one Big Mac boast

depends on the tofu on what the taste is, there are several types, I like the creamy, silky high end Japanese tofu that has hints of almond backing the bean paste.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:13 pm
by Citizen Baba
Anybody ever have acorn tofu?

Not recommended.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:15 pm
by VinnyD
cowtown, in terms of protein, not many. Occasionally white meat chicken.

For starch, there are plenty that are not tasty on their own, many of which have been mentioned on this thread.

CB, I have had a sort of pudding made from acorn starch (not sweet, no milk).Is that what you mean? If so I agree.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:33 pm
by Citizen Baba
It's a block of grey tofu, usually with a drizzle of sesame oil on it. A Korean side.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:30 pm
by cowtown
I too eat chicken but don’t enjoy it much minus a few exception and I usually only have it as a last option, never cook it at home


Tofu is like polenta

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:43 pm
by Stan In Maryland
I agree that on its own tofu doesn't have a lot of flavor, I actually see it as an advantage because it is one of those things that is kind of a flavor sponge. It wonderfully absorbs flavors such as sauces. It also adds varying textures depending what type it is. I am rather a fan.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:58 pm
by Citizen Baba
cowtown wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:30 pm
I too eat chicken but don’t enjoy it much minus a few exception and I usually only have it as a last option, never cook it at home


Tofu is like polenta
Me too. It's the blandest meat there is.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:28 pm
by VinnyD
I never cook chicken and never order it in a restaurant, but will occasionally get a rotisserie chicken for dinner when I am feeling lazy.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:35 pm
by BeatRaven
I'm doing low fat and upping the protein.

A half a chicken breast, some veg. and Chinese sauce mixed out of various bottles is dinner for me, 3 days out of 5.

It aint bad. Shrimp, the other white meat, is actually less healthy.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:59 pm
by EMG
I love chicken. I eat it almost every day.

Not breasts though.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:14 pm
by BeatRaven
The breast is just a neatly processed, easy to cut up protein globule.

Even in a ghetto to-go Chinese place, we're talking $8 for what I make at home healthier and tastier for a buck and a half.

I recall VinnyD making a similar bean soup brag. I guess it's an old motherfucker thing.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:31 pm
by Citizen Baba
I’d just eat pork less often. And fish. And duck.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:42 pm
by BeatRaven
Fish don't work in a stir fry. Tho I bought a bag of tilapia filets and made a pile of thai fish cakes with lemongrass etc. from the garden. But that shit gets old.

Pork is fatty shit; duck probably worse (not to mention largely ungettable).

If you want low fat animal protein, chicken and eggs are 87% of the shortlist.

Re: Deep fried tofu

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:52 pm
by veronica_inheels
I thought you should not freeze coconut milk