Tofu is a very popular ingredient in many Asian countries – it’s not a surprise, there’s so many ways you can prepare it! That’s why I put together this round up of delicious Asian tofu recipes to try at home – including Chinese mapo tofu, Thai curry tofu, Korean tofu soup, Japanese teriyaki tofu, and more!
What is tofu?
First things frist, tofu which is also known as bean curd, made from soy bean curds. It is pressed in to solid white blocks.
I like to think of it in the following analogy: Cheese is to Dairy Milk as Tofu is to Soy Milk!
This is because cheese is made when milk separates into curds and whey, and tofu is made when soy milk separates into curds and whey.
To provide an idea of how soft/firm they are, silken is the softest type of tofu, and so you will want to be gentle when cooking with this type of tofu as to not break it all apart. Some say it is about the same softness as young white cheese.
Firm tofu is most commonly used and it has about the same firmness as feta cheese. Super firm tofu can sometimes be compared to meat in terms of firmness.
So when you are cooking tofu, make sure to get the right type of tofu (usually mentioned in the recipe.)
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So many delicious Asian tofu recipes, which one to try? ALL of them! Pin this recipe round up to try it all later!
I’m actually not the biggest fan of tofu, yet I absolutely love Mapo Tofu. Soft cubed tofu cooked in a flavorful spicy meaty sauce? It’s basically a Chinese comfort food! Especially when you eat it with rice!
Kimchi-jjigae (김치찌개) or kimchi stew is a popular Korean cuisine. It is a stew or soup like dish. This Korean kimchi tofu stew or soup recipe is full of umami flavor, a little spicy and the tofu is soft.
This green curry tofu is a simplified version inspired by authentic Thai green curry recipes. Made with ingredients you can find at the grocery store, this easy tofu curry comes together in one pan in just 30 minutes.
Tomato Tofu Stir Fry is a common Chinese household dish, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s easy to make, and a very yummy dish that goes well with rice too! Perfect as a side dish to any meat or seafood entrée, or even as a vegetarian or vegan entrée!
This Sticky Tofu recipe is simple to follow and tastes incredible! Firm tofu is sautéed until crispy, then coated with an Asian-inspired sticky sauce. Serve over rice, veggies, or your favorite noodles for an easy and tasty meal!
Teriyaki Tofu and Eggplant is a flavor-rich dish featuring crispy tofu and tender eggplant smothered in a homemade teriyaki sauce. Make this delicious dish in a few easy steps in 30 minutes and enjoy it as a side or main course donburi-style!
This Spicy Stir Fried Tofu with Bok Choy is the perfect healthy and delicious meal the whole family will love! Made with tofu, bok choy, garlic, and sesame oil, this spicy tofu is a fun way to enjoy stir fried tofu.
Dubu Jorim is an amazing little Korean treasure – Tofu is fried until crisp on the outside and soft inside and then lightly braised in a flavourful sauce made from soy, sesame and gochugaru chilli flakes