Learn more about Tofu

Tofu is made from soybeans. It is low in fat and cholesterol. It is rich in iron, calcium and protein. It is a complete source of protein for vegans and vegetarians.

Tofu is often called soybean curd, bean curd or soy protein.

What does tofu have to do with kung fu?

Tofu is a soft, bland food. Kung fu represents strength, speed and power. Yet one might say that kung fu in America can trace its origins, however remotely, to tofu.

The Legend of Tofu, a full color children’s book, relates the origin of Wing Chun Kung Fu, the style Bruce Lee learned in Hong Kong, with tofu. The book will be published on World Vegetarian Day, October 1, 2015.

More about tofu

Savy Vegetarian - Basic information on cooking tofu

Happy Herbivore - This site focuses on vegan eating, but has lots of information on tofu.

FAQ’s about tofu - From House Foods, maker of the Kung Fu Panda brand of tofu which is sold in many major grocery stores.

T.O.F.U. Magazine - A vegan magazine dedicated to change.

How to make tofu

Hodo Soy Beanery - In Oakland, California, hosts monthly events, ranging from tofu-making classes to lectures, food booths, dinner pop-ups and demos on tofu applications.

Tofu Festivals

California even has tofu festivals.

Soy and Tofu Fest - Annual event in Japantown in San Francisco.

The LA Tofu Festival - In Little Tokyo in Los Angeles does not currently host events, but still has a website dedicated to tofu.


WOK WISELY: Chinese Vegetarian Cooking – a monastery’s approach to food and spiritual well-being. (2015) Dharma Realm Cookbook Team.

ASIAN TOFU: Discover the Best, Make Your Own, and Cook It at Home. (2012) Andrea Nguyen.

The Happy Herbivore (2011) Lindsay S. Nixon. This is a vegan cookbook but does have tofu recipes.