Some may think of tofu as the domain of vegetarians and health conscious folks, but it has a long history as a staple in Asian cuisine. Invented in China about 2000 years ago, tofu then spread to Korea, Japan, and other parts of Asia. In such cultures it is a distinct and nuanced ingredient, not simply a bland meat substitute. Tofu is also high in protein, low in calories, and low in fat.
But what is tofu, exactly?