A Good One: Street
First, dear reader, please forgive our shoddy photo skills here. What you're looking at is a remarkable—if not remarkable-looking—street food setup. On the corner of Christie and Grand, a camera-weary proprietress doles out fresh soft and semi-firm tofu and soy sauce eggs to a constant line of home-cooks (and snack-seekers). This is not the mute, plastic-y tofu you buy at the supermarket. This is the tofu you want to line up for. It does have a taste, in fact. Both the soft and firm varieties have that earthy, clean flavor that is unlike anything else.
The soft tofu is carefully skimmed of excess water and ladled from a big, hot pot, which rests inside a shopping cart. Sugar syrup is optional, and a plastic spoon is available for instant gratification. On an overturned plastic crate beside the cart sits a wooden board with a perfect rectangular slab of the more firm tofu on it. The tofu lady keeps this covered with a damp cloth and uses a thin metal paddle to slice and pack it into styrofoam containers.
Look for the tofu lady in the late afternoon. (We have seen her on multiple Sundays.) Christie Street at Grand (directly outside the Grand stop on the B/D)
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