cold tofu

morinu tofu, doubanjiang, soy sauce, sesame oil, homemade chili oil, scallions

Get some good tofu

What type? Silken tofu.

  • Look for silken tofu! You want the softest, creamiest, most delicate tofu.
  • I recommend checking out a local Asian store.
  • I’ve looked at Trader Joe’s, Kroger, etc. and the ones here in Richmond either don’t carry silken tofu or have some weird non-Asian brand where the texture is completely off.

Common US Asian Mart tofu brands

  • I’ve tried Hong Kong tofu, Chinese tofu, Korean tofu, Japanese tofu and definitely the best is Japanese Morinu tofu.
  • Morinu silken tofu had this super creamy texture that we really liked.
  • It also comes in this paper carton which means that it comes out as a perfect block vs. all the plastic container ones being molded into the shape of the container.
  • Otherwise, House Foods (Chinese) or any of the Korean ones are good.
  • These should all be in the $1–2 range. Tofu’s cheap.

Toppings

Her Name is Han’s Black Sesame Tofu

their picture from the menu
  • “Black sesame dressing” — you can just use normal tahini /sesame paste + soy sauce + water to thin it down so it coats the tofu nicely.
  • When we got it, it had fried shallots or something on top. Pictured are fried parsnip and beet.

Simple Japanese Hiyayakko

  • Soy sauce
  • Water to thin out your soy sauce (you can do just soy sauce which is delicious but you’ll be really thirsty afterwards haha)
  • Sesame oil for that fragrance. Just a touch though.
  • Scallions
  • Grated ginger if you have ginger and like ginger

Spicy Liang Ban Tofu

  • Doubanjiang (Chinese spicy bean paste — it’s pretty salty/concentrated so don’t use too much)
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Scallions
  • Homemade chili oil
  • In retrospect, should have thinned it out with some water but it’s whatever

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Brian Lin is a writer, runner, and stray cat lover. A recent Duke grad in CS and English, he is a software engineer by day and a typewriter poet by night.

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Brian Lin is a writer, runner, and stray cat lover. A recent Duke grad in CS and English, he is a software engineer by day and a typewriter poet by night.

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