Tofu, the bean paste meat replacement, is loved by people all over the world. For vegans and vegetarians, it’s the perfect way to not eat meat. Tofu has been around for centuries as a traditional eastern dish.
It can be prepared many ways and be placed in so many dishes that it is the perfect filler. Tofu Day aims to celebrate the creativity that tofu incites in people and celebrate its long history as a beloved dish by many.
History of Tofu Day
Tofu is considered to be an essential part of Eastern Asian diets, having much the same importance as meat, milk, and cheese. The earliest recordings of tofu were in 900 AD, most significantly in Japan.
Tofu, meaning bean curd, has been called numerous names in Chinese and Japanese, some meaning “morning prayer” and other references. It wasn’t until the 1800s when English-speaking translations of cookbooks came around that the term tofu was used, and later on down the road cookbooks in the 1970s began using the term Tofu as its official name.
After being passed down thousands of generations, Tofu today has become an iconic food and alternative for those wish to become vegetarian or vegan.
Tofu Day aims to celebrate the long and intricate history that tofu and showcase how it has influenced cultures everywhere.
Tofu Day is celebrated each year all over the world as one of the most versatile and nutritious foods on the planet. Tofu can be prepared in numerous ways, and in Japan, each province has its own way of preparing tofu individual to its local culture.
This soybean creation is loved by everyone, as long as they know how to use it. On Tofu Day, people go out of their way to eat tofu and get creative with their cuisine by adding tofu to any dish.
How to Celebrate Tofu Day
Tofu can be used in so many dishes, so one of the best things you can do on this day is to look up recipes involving tofu and give it a try!
Try your hand at making pad thai, bibimbap, tikka masala, and soba salad with tofu. If you truly want to experience tofu, head on over to Japan to try some delicious tofu dishes on the eastern side of the world.
If you’re looking for something closer to home then celebrate Tofu Day by hosting a party with all tofu dishes! Invite your friends and family to the celebration and help them learn more about the benefits tofu can offer!