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"Bean curd"

Of all the vegetarian products, bean curd is the most versatile and important in the Chinese cuisine. Bean curds are made of soybean powder and come in square cakes measuring 2 1/2 or 3 inches to a side. They are white and have the consistency of firm custard. They are bland but absorbent, soft-textured but strong, and are conducive to all types of cooking. Because they are inexpensive, there is an eastern Chinese expression for taking advantage of a person that is "eating bean curd."
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