Sure…the world has heard of tofu and soy, but how many people know about yuba? I was fortunate to discover Hodo Soy Beanery’s amazing tofu puffs, tofu burgers, and yuba noodles recently through my friend Kristin (a.k.a. The High Impact Vegan) who found these high-protein and completely satisfying products at our local health foods store.
If you’re not familiar with yuba, Hodo Soy explains on their website that yuba, also known as “bean curd sheet,” is the thin veil that forms on the surface as the cream rises in heated soymilk. Imagine fettucine noodles — that’s what they look like — but way more flavorful. They come already fully cooked, so you can eat them cold or give them a quick reheat in the microwave or stovetop. They make a great topping to a cool salad but are the perfect protein for a warm stir fry as well.
After sampling a bite from Kristin’s lunch one afternoon, I knew I simply had to try these goodies for myself. All of Hodo Soy’s products at our local market — the burgers, the tofu puffs, and the yuba — were met with Kristin’s approval, and she has a very sophisticated palate. I dashed off after our get-together to get a package of each for my own taste test 😉
While I love beans and whole grains, I find I am the type of person that responds better to the satiety and protein levels soy foods provide. Not only was my tummy satisfied, but so were my taste buds. The tofu burger had a wonderful, meaty mouthfeel without being greasy as some vegan burgers tend to be, and the five-spice tofu puffs and sesame yuba noodles were deliciously flavored with awesome texture.