Do you call it tofu or bean curd?

@kaka135 (14055)
Malaysia
November 19, 2008 12:36am CST
I understand tofu is a word translated from Chinese or Japanese. At first, I thought bean curd is the word for it, but I heard many people call it tofu. So, I'm wondering which one I should call it. What do you call it? tofu or bean curd?
3 responses
@Mirsya (521)
• Indonesia
19 Nov 08
Neither. In my country it is called 'tahu'. It similar to tofu. About 'bean curd', I've never heard about it. I think we use tofu better because that soy-food comes from Japan. Chinese call it tou hu if I'm not mistaken.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
21 Nov 08
Hi Mirsya, thanks for your response. Well, Chinese actually call it "dou fu" in Mandarin.
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
19 Nov 08
when i was growing up my mom calls it tokwa. maybe those chinese people are the one who calls that. but during my college years i slowly hear on tv the culinary experts calls it tofu. and i think it is more popularly known as tofu than what i can remember of tokwa. even in restaurants here it is more popularly called as tofu and not bean curd.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
19 Nov 08
Hi se7enthbird, thanks for your response. I've no idea what tokwa is, though I'm Chinese. Perhaps it's different dialect. Now only I know tofu is a more common used term.
@akangirl (2437)
• India
19 Nov 08
mostly people call it tofu. so its more widely used rarely people call it bean curd. i call it tofu, even most of people don't know its also called bean curd
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
19 Nov 08
Hi akangirl, thanks for your response. So, I should call it tofu when I talk to others... I always thought bean curd is a more formal term.