Wednesday, May 21, 2008

fermented... wet... delicious

This stuff is weird city, but I've pretty much fallen in love with "wet bean curd" now. I thought it was going to be spicy tofu in a jar, and for $1 I had to give it a try, but I got it home and it's not tofu... exactly. It smells like briney blue cheese and the cubes inside are almost like... melted brie in consistency. So it's kind of like cheese, but also a heck of a lot saltier and pungent-ier and I had absolutely no idea what to do with it (besides get kinda hooked on eating small bits of it with a spoon).

See? Weird! Yet compelling. There's mysterious stuff floating in that brine, too, I'm convinced it's either chiles or globules of pure yumminess, from the magical yumminess forest.

Luckily I did manage to find something real to make with it - fu yu ong choy! (aka: ridiculously more-ish stir-fried water spinach). Here's what I did, if I remember correctly...

oil for frying
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp minced garlic
1 bunch of ong choy/chinese water spinach, rinsed and cut into long sticks (separate the leaves and stems)
2-3 cubes fermented tofu

* Heat the oil in a heavy skillet or a wok on high heat. Add the ginger/garlic and cook for about a minute.
* Add the spinach stems and cook for maybe 2-3 minutes, then add the leaves, and cook until they're just barely wilted.
* Make a bare spot in the middle of the pan and mash in the bean cubes, then toss to coat everything. Serve whilst hot and juicy!

And if it's just you... well then eat the whole pan with chopsticks and a big grin, and then have peanut-brittly-rice-caked-bottom-y candy things for dessert and revel in the not having to impress dinner guests and/or represent all major food groups in one sitting. woo!

9 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

"wet bean curd," eh?? interesting, haha. but hey, I'm all over those peanut-brittle-rice-cake desserts! yum!

romina said...

Oh my goodness, I love love love discovering crazy asian foods. I saw canned seitan the other day, it was eerie.

Leigh said...

You're a brave woman! Trying that wet curd is probably not something I could have done.

Alice (in Veganland) said...

I think I've seen this stuff in the Asian store! I didn't buy it because I thought it was just tofu... But now I'm totally going to buy it! :-)

Heikki said...

Ditto, I think I've seen something similar to that wet bean curd jar. Have to check it out, thanks for writing about it!

Carrie said...

Wow, that stuff looks so intriguing!

Melody Polakow said...

That looks like the perfect meal for one!.. Bryanna does a blue cheese dressing out of it... I have been meaning to try it for a while now.. I have some in my pantry.

tofufreak said...

YAYYYY FOR OBSCURE CHINESE/ASIAN FOODS!!!!! i'm not entirely sure what kind of tofu you have, but in Taiwan there's this long strip that's literally called "tofu street" and they sell all sorts of tofu (usually this fermented "stinky" tofu) and vegan foods, but yea. that is really cool! ^_^

Anardana said...

I have to find me some of that wet tofu in Ottawa!