Archive for November, 2008

The History of Tofu in China

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

ofu, also known as soybean curd, is a soft, cheese-like food made by curdling fresh hot soymilk with a coagulant. Traditionally, the curdling agent used to make tofu is nigari, a compound found in natural ocean water, or calcium sulfate, a naturally occurring mineral. Curds also can be produced by acidic foods like lemon juice or vinegar. The curds then are generally pressed into a solid block.

Soft Tofu vs. Firm Tofu

Tofu breaks down into two main types: soft and firm.

  • Soft tofu: Has a soft creamy texture and is easily liquefied in the blender, can be used in place of sour cream, yogurt, and soft cheeses such as cottage cheese, ricotta, or cream cheese. It can also be prepared in the same way as scrambled eggs or used as a sandwich spread.
  • Firm tofu: Has a tougher spongelike texture. It cooks in a matter of minutes and can be sautéed, braised, simmered, fried, or grilled. It can also be made into a paste for use as a dip or spread. Firm tofu keeps its shape better and is easier to slice and cut into cubes than soft tofu, which is more easily crumbled and mashed.

Tofu has very little flavor or smell on its own. As such, tofu can be prepared either in savoury or sweet dishes, acting as a canvas for presenting the flavours of the other ingredients used.

Chinese People Now Drinks Soymilk

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Soy foods are also dairy-free and are ideal for people with lactose intolerance and milk allergies. Soy foods are great for the dietary treatment of diabetes because soybeans have a low glycemic index and are cholesterol free (heart disease is a diabetic related condition). Soy foods can be used as a protein source in vegetarian diets because they contain the necessary amount of essential amino acids for tissue repair and growth.

But, it’s clearly to see that people’s enthusiasm with milk has declinded tremendously. In fact, as Chinese people, we have a better alternative, which is “soymilk“. Now the old soymilk are enjoying unprecedented popularity in China. Sales of soy milk makers have actually been booming in the past two years as more and more people have been switching to homemade fresh soy milk.

I absolutely LOVE soy milk. I am not vegan but I just think that cows milk is gross..so many hormones in it (unless you get the organic kind..but really, who knows how credible that is..)I think that soy milk is just healthier.Also, here’s something to think about:we are the only animals that drink another animals milk. I know that there have been cases where cats will drink a dog’s milk or vice versa but consider that it is the result of human interventio.

I swear by Silk Soymilk. Check it out! It comes in a few varities and is so yummy! (I even turned my omnivorous boyfriend onto it, as well as some other soy products :)