The common misconception is that only meat can provide protein to us. But in fact, there are numerous foods like that and one of them is tofu – a nutritious food item with several health benefits.
Thanks to the cultural diversity, nowadays, you can enjoy a different version of tofu with many tofu tastes. So, what does tofu taste like? To help you answer this question, we have collected some basic but also interesting things about tofu.
What is Tofu?
Tofu, which originated in China is a product made of condensed soy milk. It also can be called bean curd because of how it made. People make soy milk curd then press them into white blocks. It is similar to the process to make cheese.
Tofu is nutritious, inexpensive and quite easy to make. That is why it is a common food item can be enjoyed in daily meal.
Benefits of Tofu
Everyone knows tofu is an amazing choice for vegetarians or those who wants to lost weight. We give you a brief list of some health benefit of eating tofu:
- Heart disease: tofu can decrease the level of bad cholesterol in the blood.
- Cancer: tofu is a rich source of selenium, which is able to prevent cancerous cell grow.
- Menopause: The high calcium level in tofu is helpful for women when they hit menopause.
- Aging: tofu nourishes the skin that is slow down the aging.
- Hair loss: by eating tofu, your hair has enough required protein and mineral to prevent hair fall.
Nutritional values of tofu per 100g:
- 70 kcal
- 3.5g fat
- 1.5g carbohydrate
- 8.2g protein
- 0.9g fibre
According to scientific research, tofu provides:
- 44% of daily calcium needs
- 9% of magnesium
- 40% of iron
What Does Tofu Taste Like?
The taste of tofu depends on 3 elements: the taste sensitivity, the types of tofu and how to cook tofu.
#1. The Taste Sensitivity
There are numerous people who said tofu taste flavorless. In fact, raw tofu has hardly any taste on its own. Nonetheless, some people can taste the acidity of tofu because they are very sensitive to glutamates.
#2. The Types of Tofu
The different types of tofu all have different applications. Although they have similar flavor on their own, their particular texture can influence how you taste the food.
As their name, silken tofu is quite silky. It is soft, smooth, some kind of creamy and pudding-like texture because of its highest moisture content. It also is the most dedicate and stiff type of tofu.
Some scoop of silken tofu will be the perfect piece for your dessert and smoothies. You can easily enjoy silken tofu in a Japanese restaurant. It’s often served in sauces or deep fried sometimes.
While some people consider soft tofu as silken tofu, they are really different things. Soft tofu is soft and high moisture, but not have somewhat gelatinous texture as silken tofu. It is sold as a block because it is sturdier than silken type.
Soft tofu is interchangeable to silken tofu to meet the thicker requirement. It also can be used in soup or other dishes.
People use yellow soybeans to make conventional tofu while sprouted tofu is made from sprouted soybeans. In this way, it has a bit higher protein and also smoother than yellow soybeans. Sprouted tofu is well-known for using with broths and barbeques.
It’s the most popular tofu and usually used for frying. Firm tofu has less moisture content. It has an umami and earthy flavor. Even, firm tofu can be tasted as any add-in ingredient when you cook it.
Extra-firm tofu is the lowest moisture contents. Baking, pan frying, scrambling can be uses for extra-firm tofu. Some tofu enthusiasts even try to eliminate water to look for a crispy skin after frying.
#3. How to Cook Tofu
The way you cook tofu will be the most important part to make your tofu taste because tofu can take in the flavor of any other ingredient.
There are many recipes on the internet that you can learn to make your favorite tofu taste. By the different method that you prepare tofu, it will have completely particular flavor.
See below video for How to Make Tofu Taste Delicious:
Tofu, which can be incorporated into multiple receipts is a fantastic source of protein. We hope this article will provide an overview for people who interested.
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