In the wider world, tofu is getting beyond its bland white cube image, turning up barbecued or even as a mousse. In Hawai‘i, we’ve had a wealth of fresh tofu since the plantation days, and over the years, Hawai‘i has enjoyed a unique range of neighborhood tofu styles, often available direct from the factory. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports recent closures have left just a few local makers serving the fresh tofu market today.
Tofu was definitely made on the plantations by Japanese and probably Chinese immigrants. Tofu followed them off the plantations too.