Today we’re taking a look at tattoos of everyone’s favorite flavorless bean curd, tofu. There’s no greater testament to your dietary decisions than a tofu tattoo. This versatile dish is loved the world over, by vegetarians and omnivores alike. So let’s dig into some rad tofu tattoos and a little background information about this miracle food.
Tofu is made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the curds into block form. Tofu is popular all over the world, but nowhere more so than in East and Southeast Asia where it is a major component of many dishes. There are many varieties of the coagulated curds with soft, firm, and extra firm being the most prevalent.
Though on its own rather bland, tofu is a great absorber of flavoring and seasoning. You can make these little curds taste like just about anything. From a nutritional standpoint, tofu is an incredible food that is both low in calories and high in protein and iron. Because of this, it is one of the most popular meat substitutes in vegetarian diets all across the world.
The history of tofu is mired in controversy, but most prevalent among competing theories is that tofu was invented circa 164 BC in Northern China by the Han Dynasty prince Liu An. Records from this time are sketchy at best, and many inventions from this period have been attributed to members of the noble class whom surely weren’t responsible for them. A competing theory states that the advent of tofu was an accident that happened when a slurry of boiled ground soybean was mixed with sea salt. Other historians believe it may have the Mongols who first enjoyed the dish.
Regardless of where it came from, tofu is here to stay. There’s an abundance of tofu love in the world, and if you require any proof of that whatsoever, just take a look at these tofu tattoos.
Don’t these awesome tofu tattoos just make you want a nice serving of tofu? Take yourself to your local Asian restaurant and order some up. You’ve probably earned it.