Tofu has been around for almost 2000 years. The way that the Chinese travelled and migrated to a lot of places even during the olden days, it is likely that they brought the tofu culture with them which should explain why tofu has been an important ingredient in many Asian cuisines for centuries.
The West, however, did not know much about tofu until the first tofu factory was established in San Francisco in 1878 most probably to cater to the growing Chinese population in the region. It took another 80 years before the tofu made its appearance in American supermarkets.
Today, tofu is known throughout much of the world. And with the growing interest in meatless diets, it continues to gain popularity. And why not? Tofu is so versatile. It can acquire the taste of any ingredient it is mixed with. Tofu is also filling and rich in protein.
The tofu and black beans stir fry is an item found in most Chinese restaurants. Black beans, of course, refers to fermented black beans which gives this meatless dish its rich and deep flavors. Any firm vegetable is good for this dish. I recommend choosing a combination of vegetables that provides a good contrast in colors and textures. … Continue reading »