Why It Works
- Beancurd sticks are simmered until tender, then glazed in soy sauce, honey, and ginger.
- A few minutes under the broiler makes the surfaces browned and a little crispy.
Like tofu, tofu skin is high in protein and low in fat. Unlike tofu, it keeps indefinitely in the cupboard.
To use, just soak in water. It will take a few hours for tofu skin to soften, after which it cooks up in no time. One thing I love about it is its taste. Just as tofu has its own distinct flavor, tofu skin tastes sort of egg-y to me.
For this installment, we'll look at tofu skin when it's bundled up - often called beancurd sticks on the package. (But wait! What about tofu skin in sheet form, you ask? Next time we'll discuss how to turn those sheets into noodles, rolls, and more.)
Segments of beancurd sticks, simmered in a pot of red-braised pork, is still one of my favorite ways to eat them. The sticks absorb the porky stock, soy sauce, wine, sugar, and whatever else you put in (cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, chile peppers, and so on). I used to pick all the beancurd sticks out of the pot, annoying my mother, my family, or whoever else happened to be partaking of the dish, until one day I realized that I could make the same dish using pork stock, and no pork. That was sort of an epiphanic moment in my relationship with bean curd skin.
For this recipe, boil the sticks after rehydrating to soften them up a little more, then glaze them in soy sauce, honey, and ginger. A few minutes under the broiler makes the surfaces browned and a little crispy.
Beancurd sticks are such a versatile ingredient. How do you use it?
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground white or black pepper
2 teaspoons ginger, grated with a microplane grater or minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
8 ounces dried beancurd, rehydrated in water
Combine soy sauce, honey, pepper, ginger, and red pepper flakes in a medium bowl and set aside.
Place the rehydrated beancurd sticks in a pot and cover with water. Simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from the water and let cool.
When you are ready to serve, pat beancurd sticks dry and cut into 2-inch segments. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Brush glaze onto beancurd sticks. Place them under the broiler and cook until the tops are a little crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Check during the last minute to prevent scorching. Serve immediately.
To learn more about tofu types, check out our guide here.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 6g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|