Monday, October 26, 2009

the great tofu scramble debate




It's that time again, ladies and gentlemen, when this blog brings you very controversial topics of great importance. Today's issue- that great vegan staple, tofu scramble. I've sang the praises of this dish before- how delicious, how versatile, how healthy, and how plain awesome it is. It's one of my all-time faves.



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But then I became aware of a schism in the tofu scramble universe. It appears that SOME PEOPLE *cough*Portlanders*cough* cube their tofu instead of mash it. Am I insane, or is that just a stir-fry with tofu and not really a scramble? What say you, wise and lovely readers? WHAT SAY YOU???


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40 comments:

Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) said...

I won't lie, the best tofu scramble of my life was cubed and from Portland!! I used to be a crumbled believer but after that scramble, I'm all about the cube.

honeybeehill said...

Scrambled tofu is my favorite dish ever! Tumeric and tofu belong together. :) Also, you have to use soft tofu. I prefer mine with mushrooms and kale. And yes, veg*ns get militant about their scramble recipes!

Um cubed tofu... that's just weird and wrong! What's scrambled about cubes?

Dave said...

IT ISN'T FUCKING SCRAMBLED TOFU IF IT IS CUBED IT IS CUBED TOFU I'M SURE ALL OF YOU PC LIBERALS AND YOUR MESSIAH barack "HUSSEIN" obama WILL SAY WHO CARES IT IS WHAT INSIDE COUNTS BUT EVERYONE FUCKING KNOWS THE SCRAMBLED TOFU IS IN AUSTIN.

Ash said...

I think scrambled tofu should be scrambled, in other words, not cubed! It keeps it interesting and true to its name.

stellatex said...

Who wants cubed tofu for brunch? Weirdos.

It should be scrambled and noochy.

pixiepine said...

Depends on my mood...but I usually don't care as long as it tastes good!

Andréa N. said...

I'm with pixiepine: as long as it tastes good. We used to make it scrambled until we read about cubing it on a recent *cough*brunch cookbook*cough* :) Since then we've been cubing it and loving it just the same.

Desdemona said...

Scrambled tofu has to be, well, SCRAMBLED. That's why they call it that!

mtbVegan said...

I prefer my tofu actually scrambled...as in mashed up yummy goodness. I've had it cubed before and it just makes em think stir-fry.

lazysmurf said...

I don't think of it as a scramble if the tofu is cubed.

The Voracious Vegan said...

I definitely like SCRAMBLED not cubed! When you scramble it there is so much more flavor coating each piece of tofu.....sooo good. I just ate dinner and now you've got me wanting a big tofu scramble!

strawberryrock said...

When you crumble it, it gets mushy and slimy. Like vomit. Ewwwwww. Cubed all the way!

Laura said...

i totally agree, bazu! gotta mash if for a scramble. i've had it cubed tons of times and it's just not the same. mash it baby!!

The Kuntrageous Vegan said...

if it's not mashed/crumbled it's not scramble!!

melanie said...

NOT cubed all the way, I even add soft tofu for some extra soft runniness. yep.

Amey said...

i like it scrambled, but I usually make it cubed. because I am lazy. I it easy and no-mess to just cube up that block of tofu... whereas with the crumbled tofu there's ALL THAT CRUMBLING to be done. I just don't have the energy!
:)

nora said...

I'm sure cubed tofu is delicious, but, like you said, that seems like an entirely different dish to me! More like dinner-y.

glasvegan said...

You are not wrong. Scrambled tofu is *scrambled* tofu. Cubes are not scramble. Scrambles cannot be cubed. It's not even a fine-line!

mel said...

I was just thinking about this the other day!! Mashed all the way, sister, though I do leave a few larger mashed pieces. Cubed tofu is stir fry, not scramble.

Luciana said...

Cubed tofu is delicious, but it isn't scrambled tofu! The mushier and noochier the better!

stellatex said...

Tofu crumbs don't get slimy and gross if you press and drain the tofu first, use minimal water/oil in the pan, and put in lots of nooch! LOTS OF NOOCH!

Vegyogini said...

You know, I've often thought the same thing...the term "scramble" really speaks more to tofu mashed into smaller pieces. I have to admit, though, that I like cubes better for texture reasons. I rarely make tofu scramble at home, but when I made it a few weeks ago, it's true, I cubed the tofu. Next time, I'll give the mushier mashed tofu another shot. :)

tofuhead said...

I like both, but cubed tofu can't be called scramble.

Mark said...

I'm with the Semantics crowd on this one: by definition scrambled tofu must be scrambled. That I also prefer my tofu scrambled to cubed, is a different debate.

I think the confusion is that some folks prefer cubed tofu--which is perfectly legit (there's a local veg restaurant in Ann Arbor that server tofu rancheros cubed, which I like), but don't have a good way of referring to a breakfast-style cubed dish. So they've co-opted the "scramble" name, suggesting that "scramble" refers to the overall flavor, not to the physical act of scrambling.

Catherine said...

I mash my scramble, but I'm not technically vegan, so do I get to vote?? ;)

Seitan Said Dance said...

Cubed it totally just a stir-fry, not a scramble. That said, I think I might actually prefer the cubed scrambles.

KiKi said...

I hereby solemnly declare, a scramble needs scrambling!
As the mighty dic.leo.org states, this just means something roughly mixed as in topsy-turvy.

So per linguistics, both are scrambled, - but as an analogy to eggavorous scrambled eggs, methinks scrambled tofu should be mashed, - which I, if I may say so, always do if the fam needs their analogical fix, - anything demanding the use of a knife and the need for cubing definitely is a stirfry!

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

I'm a baby vegan, but in my opinion, cubes are different from scrambles.

Kiersten said...

I agree with you. If it's not all SCRAMBLED up, then it's a stir-fry, not a scramble. They're both yummy either way though!

Peace, Love and Veganism said...

Love, love, love all your latest posts! I esp love your grandma :) I, too, am smitten by all things cupcake and have made that fab choc cake! But what I want to know is: WHERE DID YOUR FRIEND FIND THAT VEGAN CUPCAKEA AT A LOCAL NORTHERN VA MALL? Which one? :)

Amey said...

uhm... it never ever every occurred to me to use a spatula to crumble tofu. ? I always used my fingers. And they get tired. Because of my laziness problem, that is. But maybe I'll try the spatch next time. Good idea. then our friendship can be restored.

Vaala said...

I encountered this at a cafe recently...how is it a scramble if it's cubed? I'm not saying it's not just as delicious but still...

Léna, said...

definitely mush it up. i know some people define themselves as post-egg scramblist (posers) and they'll probably be happy to cube it because they think the scrambled way is too wet and mushy but to them, i say PRESS THE TOFU FIRST. press it with some paper towels or clean tea towels for at least ten minutes to get the excess moisture out. then rip the soy to shreads with YOUR HANDS. no knives, yo. i may be a purist in this way but let me tell you i have convinced many a post-egg fool with this technique.

diced tofu = stir fry.

alicenashpotato said...

crumbled. all the way.

kittee said...

I have never seen cubed scramble here. Unless you mean Portland, Maine?

I am not a big fan of scramble. Go ahead, try to win me over. Also, turmeric or no turmeric?

xo
kittee

Theresa said...

Crumbled, all the way. It's all about the nooks and crannies in the crumbled tofu that catch the flavours and make my mouth happy.

Kris said...

I'm a crumbler... I've never seen cubed scramble here in Portland, every place I eat is crumbled. Anyway, those who eat cubed scrambles are clearly sick in the head, so what are we debating again? ;)

gwgjoan said...

Crumbled crumbled crumbled! I had it cubed once at a lovely Pancake House with a vegan menu. And it was good.....but I am a crumbled kinda girl!

bunniee said...

Cubing tofu is way too much trouble in the morning. Crumbles all the way!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

You cube, and then you let it break apart a little bit!!!

You can go both ways!

Also, Bazu, I'd like to read your research paper on these cubed scrambles in Portland you speak of.... ; )