You’ve heard plenty of horror stories about the culinary preferences of the people of China, and now this: Your Chinese companion casually orders a bowl of “tofu brain” (豆腐脑 dòufunǎo) for you in the restaurant. But please, do not panic. Snap out of your fight or flight instinct. Because the gourmet horror story, which is perhaps just celebrating its premiere in your mind, is unfounded. What is served is not a soft-boiled brain mass, but a tasty and protein-rich tofu pudding, either sweet (southern China) or hearty (northern China), made from fresh and healthy ingredients – first and foremost lots of soy protein.
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