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Old 31.07.2011, 11:20
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Silk tofu (found in Coop)

Hello,
last week, doing our regular tour of groceries, I couldn't help but notice that the vegetarian/quorn brand of Coop has introduced a couple of new products, including silk tofu, which I had never seen or tried before (unless, probably, in China). I proceeded to buy and prepare in the usual stir-fry, but it went from soft to gooey, and then melted into tiny, white, really unappealing pieces.
Ok now, should I assume it was perhaps not nicely preserved in the shop? Or is it something which should not be heated or fried at all?
It seems like quite a nice community of food lovers here, so I wait for your suggestions and recipes.
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Re: Silk tofu (found in Coop)

I only ever had it once, for breakfast, unprepared, in Tokyo. Recalling my days as a vegetarian, this kind of Tofu is not suitable for cooking in ways that firm Tofu is. Use as a sour cream substitute or as cream in carbonara etc.

I was hopeless with this stuff and chopsticks, much to the delight of my hosts.

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Re: Silk tofu (found in Coop)

There is silken tofu in the US, and it's usually not the best to use for stir frys. And the stuff in Switzerland (in my experience is not much better). Silken tofu can, however, be a wonderful alternative to cream in a soup -- so you get less fat, higher protein content and better taste. For example, if I am making cream of carrot curry soup, I boil the carrots in a bit of water with onions and then add a bit of salt and red curry paste at the end. But when I want to get the nice creamy consistency at the end when I'm blending it, the silken tofu really adds something special.

If I was going for stir fry, there is a great Asian shop in Lausanne (Fleurs de Asie) that has amazing firm tofu. Otherwise, I'd stick to the standard firm tofu that you can get elsewhere. There's a thread about Vegetarian in Zurich that also had some very helpful ideas about where to get good tofu in Zurich.
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Re: Silk tofu (found in Coop)

Thanks everyone - the cream substitution is actually quite a good idea, especially since soy "cream" is a bit difficult in CH to find and however not really thickening.
I'll experiment a bit and see...
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