Minh Tsai grew up in Vietnam eating delicious soy-based foods, but when he moved to the United States he found the available soy products did not measure up to his childhood memories. So with a few cousins and friends he started experimenting making soy milk, tofu and yuba (bean curd sheets). Once he was happy with the products he began selling them at a farmers market in Palo Alto, California. Demand took off and now Hodo Soy is a six-million dollar company with 30 employees.
Minh is sure to start with only the best raw product: organic non-GMO (genetically modified organism) whole soybeans from the Midwest Organic Farmers Cooperative. Their beans have both a high protein and fat content ensuring that Hodo Soy’s finished products are richer and creamier. In order to keep their products as simple and wholesome as possible they also don’t add any preservatives, soy extracts, or isolates.
In an effort to elevate tofu’s image in the United States, Hodo Soy organizes Tofu Disrupt, an annual New York City event in which top area chefs create innovative dishes using Hodo Soy’s ingredients and then share their creations with food aficionado attendees.
The Co-op carries many of Hodo Soy’s products such as their Firm Tofu, Yuba, Yuba Spicy Noodles, Yuba Sesame Noodles, 5 Spice Tofu Nuggets, and Thai Curry Tofu Nuggets. Due to their quality raw ingredients and artisanal process, Hodo Soy’s tofu averages 50% more protein than other tofu on the market. Their tofu is also easier to handle, requires little to no draining, and provides a better mouthfeel and taste.
If you need ideas for how to incorporate Hodo Soy’s products into your life, they have many recipes on their website including Yuba Holiday Roast, v-EGG-an Salad (an award-winning eggless egg salad), and Pumpkin Tofu Cheesecake. In case you need extra encouragement, Hodo Soy’s products will be on sale at the Co-op from January 4-17. Maybe Hodo Soy can become part of your New Year’s resolution plans toward healthier eating or going meatless one day each week.
Hodo Soy’s mission is “to craft the highest quality, best-tasting, and freshest soymilk, tofu, and yuba possible; then to get our products to our customers right away so that they can be enjoyed at the peak of freshness; all the while working to demystify tofu through direct customer education and transparency of our ingredient sourcing, production methods, and philosophy.”
Hodo Soy Snapshot
- Founded in 2004
- Headquartered in Oakland, California
- USA-Grown Non-GMO Soy Beans
- Certified Organic
- Certified Kosher
- HACCP-Certified Facility (hazard analysis and critical control points, a preventative approach to food safety)
Information from this article and more can be found at: www.hodosoy.com.
As a 25-plus year vegetarian, Amy Newsome thought she had heard of all the soy and tofu products available so she is very eager to try Hodo Soy’s Yuba.