Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Tofu and beyond
Tofu and beyond
Wed, 18 Aug 1999 10:13:12 +0000
Bob, Tee, Cheryl, Don, et al.
Don't get me wrong. In my mind and heart I am a carnivore. But, on
occassion, I've been seen to be omniverous and a short-term (one meal)
There is a cooking artform which uses vegetarian products so skillfully
that they can appear to be meat/seafood in looks, texture, and (almost)
taste. My eldest son informs me that it was developed by chinese chefs
who worked for high ranked people when they entertained visiting
Buddhist priests. An exceptional restaurant of this type is Buddha's
Delight in Boston - though I'm sure that there are good ones other
places. Seattle (Bob), with one of the USA's largest Chinese
communities, should be a great resource. But, I've digressed
Most of us know Tofu as this very opaque jello-y textured soy-bean
product which even in the "firm" state is like tough jello. It's
attributes are that it is high in protein, and absorbs and becomes part
of the flavors used in the cooking process. It can be fried, steamed,
A running "discussion" between my wife (who HATES processed food) and me
is whether Tofu is a processed food (not in its natural state - my
contention) even if it's wholesome (her, overriding, contention). Ah,
how we bend our interpretations to suit our prejudices. ;-)
Stir-frying is a type of one-pot cookery.
Last night I stir-fried sliced pieces of an even firmer Tofu product
which is sold (at the local Super Fresh) as Tofu Cutlet, by Hinoiche
(Hee-no-ee-chi) [imported somewhere out of CA]. As such (with
vegetation) goes a long way in a meal (remember oriental cooking often
sees meat almost as a condiment). This stuff is FIRM!
Not only is Tofu used in this cooking fakery, but so too is Gluten.
Gluten is the protein part of wheat and is molded into different
textures and shapes. A favorite (canned) brand is Companion (chinese).
I suspect that some of the Seventh Day Adventists that attend Scouts-L
can come up with some interesting and camping-adapted vegetarian
(gluten) based recipes.