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  • Gordon Dumoulin

The mouth sharp as a knife but the heart soft as tofu...

๐˜ˆ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ

๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ถ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต...

่ฑ†่… (dรฒufu), ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ณ๐˜‚ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐˜†๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฑ is prepared by coagulating soy milk and pressing the curds into solid white blocks to the desired softness; from silken to super firm. Aside the different fresh tofu textures, there are lots of local preparations ranging from cured, smoked, dried preserved or fermented tofu in different parts of China. Tofu skins (่ฑ†่…็šฎ) from skimming the soy milk also come in many varieties. Boiled in hotpot or crispy deep fried in morning pancakes.

Tofu originated in China and has been consumed for over 2,000 years dating back to the Han dynasty. Tofu has spread into the cuisines of East and Southeast Asia since ancient times as well with own variations. Tofu is rich in protein and low in calories.

Tofu is also coming back in ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ. Two well-known sayings are ๅˆ€ๅญๅ˜ด๏ผŒ่ฑ†่…ๅฟƒ "๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ถ" or a more spicy one ๅƒ่ฑ†่… "๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ถ", resembling "to flirt" or "to tease with sexual implication". Usually these days used in a jokingly manner "are you eating tofu ?" although it might also be used in more negative connotation. It is said that this saying originates in the old days from women selling tofu flirting with male customers. So their wives would say "are you going to eat tofu again" when visiting the market ๐Ÿ˜Š. But Tofu's true reputation comes back in the various Chinese cuisines as a unique, marking ingredient.

๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ธ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ณ๐˜‚ (fermented tofu) is a very distinctive variety with people either loving or hating it. Changsha (Hunan province capital) stinky tofu is well-known all over China but there are lots of local varieties all around. I tasted my favourite stinky tofu in the south of Anhui province years ago, remarkably resembling to a young edition of my hometown's smelly cheese, 'rommedoe' (or 'herve cheese') from Maastricht ๐Ÿ˜„. Also known in the US as Limburger cheese.

ๅฐ่‘ฑๆ‹Œ่ฑ†่…๏ผŒไธ€ๆธ…ไบŒ็™ฝ "๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ถ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜น๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ด, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด", ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜จ. ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ

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