I think you’ll find that a lot of people still haven’t figured out what tofu actually is. Do not despair, the answer is not so complicated. And no, it is not vegetarian food that tastes like cardboard. The good news is that tofu is made of soya bean curd and is high in protein and calcium and low in calories. The calcium content will vary depending on which coagulant is used during its manufacture. If you are vegetarian this is an excellent source of protein. However, the taste of tofu tends to be subtle (or bland, quite frankly) and needs dressing up. You will want to cook it with ingredients that have strong flavours. Tofu is a chameleon in the world of food. It is of Chinese origin and can be found in dishes originating in Japan, Korea, Vietnam and such areas.

The dish I made was not vegetarian but you can easily omit the gammon and it will become so. To begin with, chop up your tofu block into edible chunks. I used the following ingredients in a wok:

  • Tofu
  • Soy sauce
  • Gammon (optional)
  • Goat’s cheese
  • Basil

This is a useful link for starting off with tofu. What have you made with yours?


  1. Alison
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    This is awesome. I would have to use less goats cheese but it is something I can totally have 🙂

    • Posted September 7, 2011 at 8:22 am | Permalink

      It actually looks like I used much more than I did, since the goat’s cheese and the tofu end up looking the same when they’re cooked. Are you allowed to have other cheeses perhaps? Alternatively replace the cheese completely with a strong tasting vegetable such as green peppers.

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