Tofu, which is made of soy bean curds, isn’t the type of ingredient that jumps at the top of everyone’s grocery list. Many complain that it tastes bland or that it just tastes funny. However, I think it’s because most people don’t know how to prepare tofu. It’s an ingredient that absorbs the flavour of the spices and sauces around it and can be quite versatile. There is soft tofu or firm tofu and it can also come pre-mixed with other ingredients, like fish cake tofu or egg tofu. There are a lot of nutritional health benefits to it too.
Most people are probably familiar with tofu in stir-frys or soups, but it can also come in the form of dessert. Dau fu fa (soy bean pudding or custard) is a sweet dessert made of tofu. It tastes best when it’s hot and fresh out of the pot. However, you can eat it hot or cold.
Good quality dau fu fa will be smooth and silky. It’s delicate, soft and light texture easily slides down your throat like a penguin gliding across the arctic ice.
Although it will have a very subtle taste on its own, many people will add a syrupy liquid to sweeten it. This syrup is normally made by boiling brown sugar with water, but ginger can be added as well to give it some spice.