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Don’t Avoid This Autumnal Asian Treat

Food: The Secret to Tofu
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Among the various foods many people avoid — boxed coffee cake, tripe, licorice (stale, odd, nasty, in that order) — is a staple of Asian cooking. Tofu, known sometimes as bean curd, is white and bland as chalk, only smoother. Once a month, the Chinese government sent wagons of tofu into Beijing compounds, and when I was living there, my neighbors lined up for free food.

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