Hodo Soy Beanery Demystifies Tofu with Public Tastings and Tours

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Hodo Soy Beanery, the Bay Area's leading artisan tofu maker, now offers public tastings and tours where visitors can learn about the art and science of this ancient food and see how soy milk, tofu and yuba is made.

Some of tofu’s new glory can also be attributed to one man, a veritable Bay Area tofu evangelist, whose fresh, organic, artisan soy products have won over chefs and diners alike…" Carolyn Jung, East Bay Express

Since Hodo Soy Beanery started offering public tours and tastings in December 2009, hundreds of tofu aficionados and skeptics have visited the Beanery in Oakland, California where they get to taste a variety of dishes made from Hodo’s fresh-from-the-press soymilk, tofu and yuba (tofu skin). They also learn more about this ancient food and see how it is made in real time during production.

Now, culinary travelers will no longer need a passport and airfare to Kyoto’s famed tofu shops in order to see the creation of yuba, the Japanese name for the delicate skin that forms on the surface of gently heated soy milk. Hodo Soy Beanery is the only place in the US where visitors can see the labor-intensive production of this delicacy, what Hodo founder and tofu master Minh Tsai calls “the sashimi of tofu.”    

Hodo Soy Beanery’s one hour “Introduction to Tofu” is $10 per ticket and takes place twice a month on Wednesdays at 12:30pm at Hodo Soy Beanery’s light-filled, state-of-the-art production facility located at 2923 Adeline Street. Each session starts with a friendly welcome by one of Hodo’s tofu makers, a cup of warm, freshly pressed soy milk and a tasting of a variety of Hodo’s signature tofu and yuba dishes followed by a short, educational video narrated by Minh Tsai and finally a viewing of the production floor to see soy milk, tofu and yuba being made. Hodo’s fresh products, grab-and-go dishes, tee shirts, reusable market bags and conductor’s caps are available for sale in its factory shop. Space is limited. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to: http://www.hodosoy.com. School and community groups may call (510) 464-2977.    

About Hodo Soy Beanery
Hodo Soy Beanery is an organic bean-to-block tofu and yuba manufacturer in West Oakland. Its delicious products are made fresh daily with whole organic soybeans sourced from a farmer’s cooperative in the Midwest. Hodo (pronounced hoe-doe) translates as “good bean” in Chinese and is the guiding principle of Hodo Soy Beanery. Hodo Soy Beanery’s “Good Bean” philosophy starts with the belief that soybeans are a good food and extends to the way Hodo runs it business: selecting the best soybeans, its innovative production process, and the way it treats its employees, customers, suppliers and neighbors. As Tofu Ambassadors, Hodo Soy Beanery seeks to make tofu cool by reversing the outdated image of tofu as bland, rubbery, and eaten only because it is good for you.

Hodo Soy products and grab-and-go dishes are available at their Bay Area farmers’ market booths and a growing number of grocers including Berkeley Bowl, Cal-Mart, Diablo Foods, New Leaf Markets, Rainbow Grocery, and Whole Foods Markets. For more information, please visit http://www.hodosoy.com.    

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