Year of the Takeout Day 225: Tofu Pudding from Tung Woo Co.
Hot and Sweet Tofu from Tung Woo Co. (230 Grand Street)
Today we noticed that this small shop -- which sells fresh soy milk, bean curd, and rice noodles -- also offers something called "hot and sweet tofu."
Since all we knew about this mysterious dish was that a small portion cost $1.75, we had to try it.
What we think we got is douhua, which is basically a tofu pudding popular in China and Malaysia.
We're guessing that we got served the Cantonese version -- compared to other varieties, it's the one that features a simple syrup sauce atop the silken tofu squares.
At first we were wary: Could warm, plain tofu -- with sugar water, no less -- be anything but bland?
The gentle texture and mild simplicity mix to create a satisfying -- yet light -- dessert.
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