Annin tofu

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Xingren doufu
Almond jelly.jpg
A bowl of annin tofu
Alternative names Xingren doufu, Almond jelly
Type Pudding
Main ingredients Apricot kernel, water, gelling agent (usu. agar)
Cookbook:Xingren doufu  Xingren doufu
Annin tofu
Chinese name
Chinese 杏仁豆腐
Literal meaning apricot kernel tofu
Japanese name
Kanji 杏仁豆腐
Kana あんにんどうふ

Annin tofu (杏仁豆腐) is a soft, jellied dessert made of apricot kernel, agar, and sugar. It is a traditional dessert of Beijing cuisine,[1] Cantonese cuisine, Hong Kong cuisine, and Japanese cuisine.

The name "tofu" here refers to "tofu-like solid"; soy beans, which are main ingredient of tofu, are not used.[2] This naming convention is also seen in other east Asian dishes, e.g. Chinese yudoufu (鱼豆腐), Japanese tamagodofu.

Traditional recipe[edit]

In the traditional recipe, the primary ingredient is apricot kernel, soaked and ground with water. The kernel milk is extracted, sweetened, and heated with a gelling agent (usually agar). When chilled, the milk mixture solidifies to the consistency of a soft gelatin dessert.


Although the agar-based recipe is vegan, there are numerous nontraditional recipes that are not. Most are based on dairy products and a small amount of flavored extract. Gelatin is also a common substitute for agar.

Annin tofu can be made from scratch or using instant mix. There is an instant soy-based powder with a coagulating agent, which dissolves in hot water and solidifies upon cooling.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "旧京茶馆面面观". 人民网·北京旅游信息网. 30 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "在家做杏仁豆腐(美食高手)". 环球时报 生命周刊 page 6. 11 October 2005. 

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