By Elizabeth Branch
Updated December 10, 2013

Tofu is bean curd made from soy milk. There's an array of tofu options available in supermarkets these days. In general, you'll find it three ways: firm, soft, and dried. Firm tofu, pressed into shape, holds its shape and can be eaten with chopsticks. Soft tofu is prized for its creamy texture and most often eaten with a spoon. Dried tofu has a cheesy, musky flavor. "Silken" tofu is less spongy, smoother, not grainy at all. It can be found in firm or extra-firm packages. Most tofu is packaged in water to keep it fresh. It's best to remove some of that water from the medium to extra-firm varieties before sauteing or stir-frying.

Try this Kitchen Shortcut with Mao Pao Tofu.