Our cousins P & B reminded us about this place:
- Mrs. Cheng’s Soybean Products
We knew about Mrs. Cheng’s making fresh soybean (tofu) products but its location was always out-of-the-way. I think the last time I visited the factory, they were in Palolo (the factory has since moved to the Kalihi area). The other day, I was in the Kalihi area and decided to look for the factory again. After a couple of wrong turns I found the factory. The building is set back from the street with parking in the front.
This is what I bought:
Left front = soft doufu (tofu);
Left back = plain soymilk (unsweetened)
Right front = doufu gan (tofu dried)
Right back = doufu hua (tofu flower) or tofu pudding with syrup.
After taking the soft doufu out of its packaging, I rinsed and cubed. I topped the doufu block with grated ginger, katsuobushi (dried shaved tuna flakes), green onions, and ground black sesame seeds.
The Cat ate her soft doufu with sesame oil and shoyu (the blocks on the left are The Cat’s, with no green onions).
Sesame Oil and Shoyu
I used a combination of wasabi oil (previously posted), and shoyu.
The Cat used the soymilk for her morning cereal. Because the soymilk was unsweetened, she said there was too much of a bean flavor that didn’t quite go with the cereal. She said it would taste better as a drink.
The doufu gan is slightly dried and marinated (I think Chinese five spice is included in the marinade). I sliced the doufu and stir fried it with celery. The Cat said that this combination is a classic Shanghainese dish.
Celery with Doufu "Cheese"
I had a few bits of pork cracklings leftover which I threw on top.
The doufu hua (tofu pudding) is extremely soft and eaten for dessert. The syrup is added to taste to sweeten it. The syup that was included tasted like diluted maple syrup. One restaurant in Chinatown serves the doufu hua with ginger infused simple syrup. I think I may try to make the ginger syrup next time we buy this.
It was good to rediscover these ingredients and the factory again. Thanks P & B.
By the way, this what our ginger grater looks like:
Here’s the link to a write-up about Mrs. Cheng’s: http://www.hawaiiangrowntv.com/content/mrs-chengs-tofu-mrs-chengs-tofu-factory.
Here’s a link to the location of the factory: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=mrs+cheng’s+soybean+product&ie=UTF8&hq=mrs+cheng’s+soybean+product&hnear=&ll=21.325198,-157.905464&spn=0.128566,0.22007&z=12&iwloc=A.
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