Red Bean Curd

Red bean curd

Question: Red Bean Curd

Answer: Red bean curd is a type of preserved bean curd (also called fermented bean curd), that consists of cubes of bean curd that have been preserved in rice wine, fermented red rice and other seasonings.

Fermented bean curd is sold in jars in Chinese markets. A popular brand is Fu-Chung (pictured in the photo), which contains quite a bit of sauce in the jar along with the cubes.

In Chinese cooking, a small amount of fermented bean curd is used to add flavor to everything from rice and congee to vegetable stir-fries and braised dishes. The influence of Chinese immigrants in Hawaiian cooking is seen in the fact that Hawaiian recipes for Char Siu are often made with red bean curd.