Minh Tsai (Photo courtesy of Hodo Soy Beanery)Local, artisanal, organic … tofu.
That’s right. The lowly, tasteless vegetarian block of blah has gotten a foodie makeover—and the spotlight. The better-tasting tofu is now appearing as part of a local test on the menu of the national chain Chipotle Mexican Grill.
The man who wants to convince you that you will love tofu is Minh Tsai, founder of Hodo Soy Beanery in Oakland, Calif.
The self-described tofu master said he’s not surprised meat eaters go running from the stuff. Even though tofu as a vegetarian staple has been around since the '70s, “People eat tofu because it’s healthy,” he said. “But you should eat it because it tastes damn good.”
Let’s not kid ourselves. We’re still talking about tofu, made from soybean. But the product in some variations looks nothing like tofu consumers have come to expect. The Yuba from Hodo Soy Beanery is long, paper-thin strips of tofu skin that find their way into salads or soups, for example. And the more conventional white blocks served as-is orRead More »from Fast food, meet health food: Organic tofu comes to Chipotle