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Asian Tofu by Andrea Nguyen
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Feb 28, 2012 | ISBN 9781607740254

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IACP Cookbook Award finalist

“The most gratifying part about cooking from Asian Tofu is that all the recipes work the way they’re written.”
— Boston Globe
“This book should be a priority for anyone with the slightest interest in Asian cuisines.”
— Anne Mendelson, Taste & Travel

“Flavorful meditations on soy.”
—Christine Mulhke, New York Times, Summer Cookbook roundup, 5/31/12

“If you’re the kind of person who has only one, or two, or three ways to prepare tofu — or is just plain mystified by the whole world of bean curd — Asian Tofu is a godsend.”
 —T. Susan Chang, National Public Radio, 2012’s Best Summer Cookbooks, 5/23/12

“Beautiful, knowledgeable and thorough, this is the best book on tofu to make its way to my bookshelves. Highly recommended.”
—Carolyn J. Phillips, Zester Daily, 5/22/12
“Andrea Nguyen’s new cookbook, Asian Tofu (Ten Speed Press, $30), might sound like a succinct, single-subject treatise. However, the book—her third—is actually a robust tome, almost like a biography of the soybean, from how it’s used in multiple Asian cuisines to how it’s relevant in contemporary American food culture.”
—Priscilla Mayfield, Orange Coast Magazine, 5/10/12

“This fresh, imaginative take on tofu includes an easy, practical lesson on making your own (we tried it, and it works like a charm), as well as a wide assortment of recipes for both traditional and imaginative foods. . . .  Nguyen makes it appealingly clear that tofu is to be prized for itself and not for its utility as a meat substitute.”
—Kitchen Arts and Letters bookstore, Spring 2012 newsletter
“A whole cookbook devoted to tofu? Yes, please. Andrea Nguyen’s newly released  Asian Tofu is a gorgeous guide to all things bean curd.”
—Caroline Russock, Serious Eats, ”Cook the Book” feature, April 2012
Asian Tofu gives soybeans some much needed love. Punctuated with gorgeous images, the cookbook breaks down everything you need to know about tofu, from making it yourself to the various styles and uses in different cuisines. Goodbye, drab associations. Hello, full-flavored revelation.”
—Tasting Table National, ”Soy Genius”, 3/28/12
“Nguyen presents tofu recipes through a dazzling array of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and other cuisines that are approachable and easy for the home cook.”
—Garrett McCord, Huffington Post, ”The Soy Sensation,” 3/28/12 

“A fantastic fresh take on an ingredient that is, frankly, overlooked far too frequently.”
—Eater National, 3/2/12

“A keeper. . . If you’re still reading this with the same “I must make that!” enthusiasm we felt as we flipped through Asian Tofu, then yes, this is a must-have book.”
—LA Weekly’s Squid Ink blog, Cookbook of the Week, 3/1/12

“Serious tofu lovers (and that includes me) will be amazed by the recipes and lore in Andrea Nguyen’s masterful new book. Those more skeptical will become immediate converts to one of the world’s most elemental, versatile, and delicious foods.” 
—James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur and author of Cradle of Flavor
“Andrea Nguyen’s exquisite book restores tofu to its proper place—one based on deep craft, elegance, and imagination. Here is tofu in its Asian context where it is deeply appreciated for its goodness, not the promises for health we Westerners have endowed it with. An altogether gorgeous work, Asian Tofu not only answers whatever questions you might have about tofu, but is graced with the author’s adventures on the tofu trail.” 
—Deborah Madison, author of This Can’t Be Tofu!  and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
 “Andrea Nguyen has done it again, taking another subject that crosses many cultural lines—and can be a touch intimidating—and demystifying it, making one immediately want to try these techniques and recipes. The Homemade Tofu Tutorial at the beginning is inspiring and worth the price of admission alone.” 
—David Kinch, chef-owner of Manresa restaurant
“This book is worth buying just for the glorious Tofu Chicken Meatballs in Lemongrass Broth. But it is full of other tofu wonders from up and down the East Asian coast such as Soft Tofu and Seafood Hotpot and Savory Tofu Pudding. It will find much use on my shelf.”
—Madhur Jaffrey, actress, cookbook author, and TV journalist

Table Of Contents

Introduction    1
Tofu Buying Guide    7
Tofu Cooking Tips    14
Homemade Tofu Tutorial 

Master Soy Milk Recipe    23
Silken Tofu    28
Tofu Pudding    30   
Block Tofu    32
Seasoned Pressed Tofu    38
Tea-Smoked Pressed Tofu    40
White Fermented Tofu    41
Fresh Tofu Skin    44
Soy-Simmered Fried Tofu    46
Fresh and Satisfying 
Snacks and Starters 

Japanese Chilled Tofu    51
Chilled Tofu with Crunchy Baby Sardines    53
Chilled Tofu with Spicy Sauce    54
Tofu Skin Sashimi    55
Tofu with Century Eggs    56
Savory Tofu Pudding    59
Miso-Glazed Broiled Tofu    61
Fermented Tofu, Lemongrass, and Goat Skewers    63
Grilled Crisp Tofu Pockets    67
Fried Tofu with Chile Peanut Sauce    69
Deep-Fried Tofu    70
Spiced Tofu and Vegetable Fritters    71 
Tofu French Fries    74
Fresh Tofu with Sauces and Toppings    75
Soothing and Soft 
Soups and Hot Pots 

Tofu, Tomato, and Dill Soup    79
Miso Soup    80
Tofu, Seaweed, and Pork Soup    81
Hot-and-Sour Soup    82
Silken Tofu and Edamame Soup    84
Tofu Bamboo and Chicken Soup    86
Warm Simmered Tofu    87
Silken Tofu and Seasoned Soy Milk Hot Pot    89
Soy Milk Lees and Kimchi Hot Pot    91
Soft Tofu and Seafood Hot Pot    93
Stuffed Tofu in Broth    94
Homey and Wholesome 
Main Dishes 

Stir-Fried Tofu, Shrimp, and Peas    100
Spicy Tofu with Beef and Sichuan Peppercorn    101
Panfried Tofu with Mushroom and Spicy Sesame Sauce    103
Tea-Smoked Tofu with Pepper and Pork    104
Bitter Melon with Tofu and Pork    106
Tofu with Tomato and Green Onion    107
Lemongrass Tofu with Chiles    108
Hakka-Style Stuffed Tofu    109
Twice-Cooked Coriander Tofu    112
Soy Milk Lees and Vegetable Croquettes    114
Batter-Fried Tofu with Chile Soy Sauce    116
Roast Chicken with Red Fermented Tofu    117
Crisp Roasted Pork Belly    119

Simmered Greens with Fried Tofu    121
Tofu and Vegetables in Coconut Milk     124
Spiced Tofu and Coconut in Banana Leaf    127
Tofu Chicken Meatballs in Lemongrass Broth    129
Versatile and Delicious 
Salads and Sides 

Tofu Noodle and Vegetable Salad    133
White Tofu, Sesame, and Vegetable Salad    135
Greens and Fried Tofu in Mustard Sauce    136
Spicy Lemongrass Tofu Salad    137
Pressed Tofu and Peanuts in Spicy Bean Sauce    138
Spicy Yuba Ribbons    139
Savory Soy Milk Lees with Vegetables    142
Bean Sprouts with Panfried Tofu and Chinese Chives    143
Tofu with Kimchi and Pork Belly    145
Water Spinach with Fermented Tofu    147
Fermented Tofu Simmered in Coconut Milk    148
Religion and Artistry 
Mock Meats 

Tofu and Vegetable Fritters    154
Sweet and Savory Tofu Eel    157
Bear Paw Tofu    159
Cellophane Noodle and Tofu Rolls    161
Savory Okara Crumbles    163
Building on Traditions 
Buns, Dumplings, Crepes, Noodles, and Rice 

Spicy-Sweet Fried Tofu Buns    167
Tofu Steak Burgers    170
Vegetarian Wontons in Chile Oil    172
Tofu, Pork, and Kimchi Dumplings    174
Chinese Chive and Pressed Tofu Turnovers    177
Spiced Chickpea Crepes with Soybean Paneer    179
Fried Shrimp Tofu Skin Rolls    182
Stir-Fried Thai Noodles    184
Foxy Tofu Noodle Soup    187
Sushi Rice in Tofu Pouches    188
Fried Rice with Fermented Red Tofu    191
Amazing Transformations 
Sweets and Dessert 

Sweet Tofu Pudding with Ginger Syrup    195
Tofu Blancmange with Cured Pineapple and Lime    196
Essence of Tofu Ice Cream    198
Tofu Tiramisu    199
Cashew and Cardamom Fudge    201
Gingery Chocolate Chip Cookies    202
Okara Doughnuts    203

Chinese Sweet Fragrant Soy Sauce    207
Japanese Seasoned Soy Concentrate    208
Korean Seasoned Soy Sauce    209
Thai Sweet Chile Sauce    210
Chile and Sichuan Peppercorn Mix    211
Fermented Tofu, Lemongrass, and Chile Sauce    212
Chile Oil    213
Chicken Stock    214
Dashi Stock    215
Savory Kelp Relish    216
Tamarind Liquid    217
Green Chutney    218
Ingredients    219
Selected Bibliography    224
Acknowledgments    225
Index    226
Measurement Conversion Charts    231

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