- a soft, bland, white cheeselike food, high in protein content, made from curdled soybean milk: used in Asian and vegetarian cookery.
Origin of tofu
1875–80; < Japanese tōfu < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese dòufu (dòu bean + fǔ turn sour, ferment)
Also called bean curd.
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Examples from the Web for tofu
That is not the tofu you see in groceries or even the meat substitute sold in vegetarian places.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison
June 21, 2014
At the checkout, her total for bananas, arugula, blackberries, kale, yogurt, rice noodles, and tofu comes to $34.21.The Gluten-Free Diet Has Two Faces
May 6, 2014
Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea got a mouthful of tofu tart while giving a speech in Burlington, Ontario.They Got Pied!
July 19, 2011
Little Cub was there, safe enough, but very hungry, and wanted to begin upon the tofu at once.
From odorless garlic to tofu smelling of pork chops, everything is within the possibility of biochemistry.The Civilization of Illiteracy
In a third are boiled buckwheat cakes or dumplings, and tofu or bean-curd.
- unfermented soya-bean curd, a food with a soft cheeselike consistency made from soya-bean milk
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Word Origin and History for tofu
soy bean curd, 1880, from Japanese tofu, from Chinese doufu, from dou "beans" + fu "rotten."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper