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Textured soy (tofu)

#1 Postby mtguy1976 » Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:39 pm

Hey everybody, first time poster, new vegan too. My wife and I went to our Chinese restuarant (Vegan actually) and we had different stuff to eat. She had some basil tofu (preatty good) and I had a mock chicken General Tso. The diference was that my, I'm quessing it was tofu or vegtable protein, had a texture identical to chicken. It wasn't soft or plain like the tofu we buy at the store. I live in Maryland, does anyone know a brand that we can get, maybe like a block or a big pack and whats it called? Thanks.
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Re: Textured soy (tofu)

#2 Postby zinzen » Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:42 pm

Probebly wasnt tofu, it was probebly seitan, which is wheat gluten.
Easy recipies for it all over the site, and the web, and you can find it in stores.
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Re: Textured soy (tofu)

#3 Postby beforewisdom » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:51 pm

Hey mtguy1976;

I live in Maryland too.

You definately want to look at this link for vegan resources in your area
viewtopic.php?f=65&t=14946

You also want to look at this D.C. Metro Area link
http://www.vegdc.com

Tofu is curdled soy milk. You get soy milk when after soaking soy beans you blend them up, strain out the fibers and heat it slightly. Tofu is a centuries old food originating in China though "tofu" is the Japanese name.

The other thing you and wife had was probably textured soy. It is basically soy flour, sometimes mixed with wheat gluten ( wheat protein ) textured and combined with flavorings to make faux meats in the orient.

You can get more of that from "Terry's Health Food" in Bethesda. "Terry" is a Taiwanese gentleman who supplies Asian faux meats to many Chinese restaurants in the North East. He opens up his warehouse on the weekend. You will not believe the culinary treasures that await you. The Chinese have a 600 year head start on us for perfecting faux meats and it shows. Terry is also one hell of a guy:
http://www.vegdc.com/groceries.php

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#4 Postby mtguy1976 » Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:37 am

Thanks everybody for the replies. I know exactly where Terry's is, I used to train muay thai next to his shop, we are going to check it out tommorow. Thanks again.
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#5 Postby blabbate » Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:56 am

Was this up at Yuan Fu? I think their mock General Tso's is seitan, which you can easily make yourself with some vital wheat gluten.
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#6 Postby mtguy1976 » Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:10 am

No, this was at Vegtable Garden on 355 in White Flint

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#7 Postby blabbate » Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:23 am

mtguy1976 wrote:No, this was at Vegtable Garden on 355 in White Flint

I believe theirs is seitan as well. And you can always ask. They're very friendly there, as I'm sure you've noticed.

Also, welcome from a fellow DC/MD vegan!
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#8 Postby beforewisdom » Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:27 pm

mtguy1976 wrote:Thanks everybody for the replies. I know exactly where Terry's is, I used to train muay thai next to his shop, we are going to check it out tommorow. Thanks again.
Jon


Terry's is only open on the weekends. Call before you go.

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Re: Textured soy (tofu)

#9 Postby EcoPunk » Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:55 am

Im surprised nobody has mentioned these: Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik'n Strips I get these ANYWHERE...walmart even! They come in frozen bags for like $3-$4. I use these in recipes all the time and they are AWESOME. The ingredients include the dreaded "natural flavoring" but, have no fear...its vegan! You can nuke em, bake with em but I like to saute them in olive oil for stir fry and the like. They make a steak version, too that is not as good to me but the chikn ones are great in texture and taste and easy to find in your average grocery store if you don't feel like hunting around much! One potential drawback is that they are already lightly seasoned so may not "fit" into every recipe but I definitely recommend trying them.
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Re: Textured soy (tofu)

#10 Postby mtguy1976 » Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:43 pm

beforewisdom wrote:Hey mtguy1976;
You can get more of that from "Terry's Health Food" in Bethesda. "Terry" is a Taiwanese gentleman who supplies Asian faux meats to many Chinese restaurants in the North East. He opens up his warehouse on the weekend. You will not believe the culinary treasures that await you. The Chinese have a 600 year head start on us for perfecting faux meats and it shows. Terry is also one hell of a guy:
http://www.vegdc.com/groceries.php

Terry's is a gold mine, we bought so much my wife couldn't carry the bag, thanks for giving his store.

ecopunk- we got the morningstart stuff too, it looks like chicken, thanks also.

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Re: Textured soy (tofu)

#11 Postby dropSoul » Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:35 am

Freeze the firm tofu (not the silken) and the texture is very much like chicken when it's thawed.


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