Guess what yuba is made of? Soybeans of course. For some strange reason I think everything in Japan has just a little bit of soybean in it. How can I explain yuba? Well, I’m no expert on the subject or anything, but yuba is kind of like a by-product of the tofu making process.
Please check out the post I did on tofu a while back. In that post I put up a video of the tofu-making process that I saw on YouTube. I thought it was really well done and gave me a really clear picture of exactly how tofu is made. Sorry, back to yuba.
Yuba is comes from boiled soymilk. The residue or skin that accumulates as the soymilk boils is skimmed off, and dried…and there you have it…yuba?
Yuba is a bit chewier than its tofu counterpart.
Yuba is soft and kind of wrinkly, as it’s a residue that’s skimmed off in the tofu process.
From the looks of it, yuba doesn’t seem like it would taste like much, and I guess you’re kind of right. Just as tofu doesn’t have much of a flavor, neither does yuba. But throw a little soy sauce on that bad boy, or add it to soup or nabe, and you’re in business!!
I like yuba, I think it’s really tasty, but to each is own . If you haven’t please give it a try, you might like it.
I honestly don’t know if you can find yuba all over Japan, but there are definitely places where it’s a very famous delicacy. The first place I tried Yuba was in Kyoto, and I rather enjoyed it. The second place was in Nikko. In Kyoto I just had fresh yuba by itself, but in Nikko, I had yuba soba for the very first time. THAT STUFF WAS SUPERB!! It was a slightly cool day, and this hearty bowl of soba/yuba soup really hit the spot. I don’t remember the name of the restaurant unfortunately…ugh!
Yuba’s not for everybody, just like tofu isn’t for everybody. The odds are if you enjoy tofu, you’ll like yuba, too. Have any of you tried yuba before? On a scale of Incredibly good to yuck, what did you think?
See you next time,
p.s.-Seeing as how the process, in theory seems so simple, I’m thinking of trying to make yuba myself.
p.p.s- I found this short video of yuba being made in Kyoto. It will give you a clearer idea of what it is if you’ve never seen it before.