Let’s talk about TOFU! ② SILKEN 絹ごし豆腐って?

I talked about Momen or Firm tofu last time, which is the most widely known and versatile in general sense. Silken tofu, on the other hand, might not be available in some countries. The package is usually smaller than Momen’s and lighter. The kanji “絹” or “Kinu” which means silk could help you distinguish it a little bit. Its full name is “Kinu goshi tofu”.

絹ごし豆腐

Why do people call it silk?? Obviously, this is tofu and so it has nothing to do with textile…
The very reason lies in the texture of it. Silken tofu is very soft, slippery, almost like chawanmushi or steamed egg. In short, it is very “silky”. 

The way it’s made is a little different from the firm tofu in that it is not drained or pressed, so all of the liquid remains in the tofu as it forms, making it very smooth and light. It has a delicate, silky texture like fine custard. (source: morinu.com) You can use it to make one of the easiest Japanese dish ever – Hiya yakko (冷奴)No cooking required!! Just cut the tofu, and pour something on top of it. The “something” I mean has many variations depending on the recipes; it can be ginger with soy sauce, or sesame oil with spring onion, etc…The list goes endless so search it on Cookpad!

Calorie-wise, it is lighter…56 kcal per 100 grams, also high in protein and all similar to the firm tofu. I would say, though, that if you’re not a big fan of soy products, then you might wanna start with this curdtard tofu. You won’t have to suffer from the smell nor the texture. When mixed with some other toppings (of your choice…but not ketchup or mayonnaise please), you will actually enjoy it! Oh, I forgot to say, Hiya-yakko is a COLD dish, very popular during winter but available all-year round. One of my favorite when I go to the canteen. 😉

Look for it in the supermarket! You can start from a small portion of 80 grams! (usually that’s just about 47 kcal…)

Look here for some inspirations: http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2136232279108931401
or here: http://cookpad.com/search/%E7%B5%B9%E8%B1%86%E8%85%90%E3%80%80%E3%83%87%E3%82%B6%E3%83%BC%E3%83%88?purpose=%E3%83%87%E3%82%B6%E3%83%BC%E3%83%88

Ciao!

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