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The Yomiuri Shimbun

ContributorKouyadofu is a non-perishable freeze-dried tofu. Tofu frozen at naturally-cold temperatures is then aged while frozen for one week to ten days in a cold room called a “Moya,” which is below freezing even during the daytime. The tofu is then thawed, drained of water, and finished by drying.

Kouyadofu is not only a non-perishable food, but a wonderful, traditional Japanese food rich in nutrition.

Expert’s comment: Old-fashioned ways of preparing foods such as stewed dishes and miso soup are fine, but there are still possibilities for ingredients. This can be ground and used as a substitute for breadcrumbs, or cut small as an alternative to croutons. This is also a helpful ingredient for creating allergen- and gluten-free dishes. (Akio Saito, Tenzo Sha Co., Ltd. / Representative Chef)

Price:¥399 for 10 pieces

Manufacturer: Asahimatsu Foods Co. in Iida, Nagano Prefecture

(www.asahimatsu.co.jp)

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