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History Of Tofu Nov 21, 2017

History of Tofu

Tofu the first Created In China

Credit is given to Lord Liu An of the Han Dynasty who in 164 BC supposedly created the first tofu.

Another story claims tofu was the result of an experiment to attempt curdling soymilk like the Mongolians did cow's milk. Rufu is the Mongolian word for spoiled milk.

The last story is probably the most probable. It claims tofu was an accidental creation caused by mixing boiled soybeans (a typical soup mixture) with sea salt. The salt caused the soy milk to curdle and the end product was tofu.

Tofu in Japan

In the 700s, Japanese priests who were studying Buddhism in China brought tofu back to Japan. It became a protein staple and was introduced into the diets of the samurai and nobility. It wasn't until the 1600s that the common class began to eat tofu.

Tofu in the Western World

Although tofu was known to the western civilization as early as the 1700s, it wasn't until the late 1800s that western people began eating it. 

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