Tofu is made from soybeans. The soybeans are ground, strained, cooked, coagulated and pressed into blocks. Tofu blocks come in a variety of firmness categories: silken, soft, firm, and extra firm. It has a very mild flavor, so it works great as a kind of neutral base for enjoying seasonings and sauces. It is a traditional component of East Asian cuisines, and has been consumed in China for over 2,000 years. Click the link below to learn about a traditional Chinese method for making and cooking with tofu.