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Hack tofu: traditional process in history?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 02, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Recently I came across a video on Youtube in which Sally Fallon talks about bread: ancient cultures that make bread actually ferment the bread and make sourdough.

Well, tofu has been around for about 2,000 years too. So out of curiosity, is tofu another food that turns bad because of modern agriculture and modern food processing?

Does the traditional process eliminate some or most of the toxins in soy?

I know there are two kinds of fermented tofu in China, one is stinky tofu; the other kind usually comes in a jar and is red in color. I also heard that in the traditional process, mineral-rich salt is added to the liquid tofu to make it solid, and this may help balance the phytic acid in soy.

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on March 05, 2012
at 07:47 PM

No bashing intended. From my experience I've noticed that tofu is traditionally used as an enhancing ingredient, not as the star feature. I'm sure that statement isn't all encompassing, but most vegan/vegetarians I know who've travelled to Asia had a hard time finding vegetarian/vegan options, and some were surprised by that notion, since in Asian American restaurants, tofu tends to act as a substitute for meat. I'm not sure I understood your full comment, though.

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on March 03, 2012
at 04:39 PM

there are still lots of other countries. japan is a famous tofu producer. and what about shoalin monks. are they vegetarian or vegan? and do they eat tofu and do they have good health. im not vegtarian. just some extreme bashings bother me.and i also post such coent to the fruityboys.

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on March 03, 2012
at 04:36 PM

actually im a paleotroll posting coments on durianriders youtube channel. NO im realy interested in it. just listen to your heart wait ten year then another ten. if you still be paleo in this way. LOL. REALITY will proof you. im just doing what feels good for me weather im a bannan fruity. what im not. or im a meat burger. what im a bit. actually i work in a asian store so i know a bit on the culture which pass.

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on March 03, 2012
at 08:19 AM

I'm pretty sure OakTreesinSpring is banana boy or one of his zealots, has been trolling many of the paleo summit comment sections too, always assuring that he eats meet... ;)

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on March 02, 2012
at 11:22 PM

i would eat it in small quntities. if its good traditional made tofu. it can be satisfying and yumi. if there is a good tofu maker.

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193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on March 02, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Not all tofu is bad, I would agree. I don't know the specifics behind it, I just find it ironic that it's about $8 at a traditional "chain" grocery and about $1 for the same quantity of fresh made at the Asian grocery.

I also find it hilarious that in most Korean dishes that use tofu, they are heavily meat based dishes. Vegetarians think tofu is a replacement for meat, while traditionally it's used more for texture/enhancement.

E5c30d953dbed7c3b9c99b89f9d2e1b0

on March 03, 2012
at 04:39 PM

there are still lots of other countries. japan is a famous tofu producer. and what about shoalin monks. are they vegetarian or vegan? and do they eat tofu and do they have good health. im not vegtarian. just some extreme bashings bother me.and i also post such coent to the fruityboys.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on March 05, 2012
at 07:47 PM

No bashing intended. From my experience I've noticed that tofu is traditionally used as an enhancing ingredient, not as the star feature. I'm sure that statement isn't all encompassing, but most vegan/vegetarians I know who've travelled to Asia had a hard time finding vegetarian/vegan options, and some were surprised by that notion, since in Asian American restaurants, tofu tends to act as a substitute for meat. I'm not sure I understood your full comment, though.

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on March 02, 2012
at 11:29 PM

Hmm, I occasionally eat it. Last two times I ate it were

  1. Korean blood-tofu stew in rich bone broth at "Natural Tofu" in Queens, which I believe does not serve a single vegetarian or vegan dish, it's just tofu in various animal broths with intestines/eggs/tendon/clams/etc.
  2. With a century egg at a Taiwanese food cart with a seaweed salad

In Asian traditional cuisine it is often used as an extender of animal-derived ingredients, to add protein (historically meat has been scarce in some of these cultures) and to absorb flavorful broths and sauces. Perhaps in that context, the potential downsides of tofu are cancelled out, but I've never seen a study on this. Contrast this with American tofu-based recipes, which are often combinations of tofu with vegetable oil and sugar. I'm thinking of tofu "chocolate pie" I used to make or fried tofu with sweet and sour dipping sauce. Nothing nutritious in any of those things to balance out the tofu.

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on March 02, 2012
at 10:56 PM

I do think Soy is a decent food but not Tofu or Soy Milk.

The super-stinky, rich tasting, fermented forms of Soy seem ok to me...

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E5c30d953dbed7c3b9c99b89f9d2e1b0

on March 02, 2012
at 11:24 PM

From your name i sure you know much more than all of us paleo troll together. so take care and listen to your heart. And do a little research on the internet or in REAL life. good luck and joy.

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(1587)

on March 03, 2012
at 08:19 AM

I'm pretty sure OakTreesinSpring is banana boy or one of his zealots, has been trolling many of the paleo summit comment sections too, always assuring that he eats meet... ;)

E5c30d953dbed7c3b9c99b89f9d2e1b0

on March 03, 2012
at 04:36 PM

actually im a paleotroll posting coments on durianriders youtube channel. NO im realy interested in it. just listen to your heart wait ten year then another ten. if you still be paleo in this way. LOL. REALITY will proof you. im just doing what feels good for me weather im a bannan fruity. what im not. or im a meat burger. what im a bit. actually i work in a asian store so i know a bit on the culture which pass.

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