Tofu, or bean curd as it is also known, is made from soya beans.
WHAT IS TOFU?
Tofu comes in various formats and takes on different flavours, depending on what it's cooked with. Fresh silken tofu is light and junket-like, rather like a pale set custard. Firm-pressed tofu is a slightly darker colour and has a more rubbery texture that is better for cutting into cubes to fry or roast. Both can be used straight from the packet.
Snow-dried tofu comes in crisp thin squares that need to be rehydrated before use.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY TOFU?
You can find tofu in the supermarket or in more specialist Asian supermarkets.
HOW DO YOU STORE TOFU?
If you're not going to use a block of tofu in one go, put it in a container and cover with cool water then cover tightly and pop in the fridge for up to a week. You can also freeze tofu for up to 3 months, just defrost in the fridge when you're ready and drain off any excess liquid.
HOW DO YOU COOK TOFU?
A versatile ingredient, tofu can be fried to give it a crispy outer layer, used in miso soup, spring roll and even served with ginger and caramel as a dessert.