Almond Tofu

Almond Tofu

A dessert made from ground almonds. It has the exquisite look and texture of that of a piece of white jade, and could pass as an art piece — so much so that you could not entertain the idea of actually eating it.

Sadly, this dish is yet another classic example of the English version of Genshin Impact having a few “translational liberties” taken. While the name for this dish in the Western world is indeed ‘Almond Tofu’, it’s made from sweet apricot kernels and contains no almonds at all – or tofu, for that matter. Wording aside, it makes for an excellent all-weather desert without losing the taster in something that’s too sweet, or too heavy.

In this recipe guide, we’ll take a look at the traditional way of making almond tofu. An excellent refreshment between bouts of ‘Churling!

About the Author

This recipe was contributed by Elaine of China Sichuan Food. Beginning in 2012, she began providing her vast knowledge of Chinese food and culinary history to the world through her China Sichuan Food service. Over time, it’s become a vast resource featuring hundreds of recipes thanks to her hard work and commitment. We’re grateful to her that she’s allowed us to share her recipe for almond tofu with you all here at Sons of Dvalin.

For more information about Elaine and her huge repertoire of Chinese cooking, visit her website at ChinaSichuanFood.com.

Country of Origin: China

Does not contain wheat ingredients.

Does not contain nuts.

This recipe is quite difficult to make.


Ingredients

Sweet apricot kernels
Filtered water
2% Milk
Agar agar
Crystal sugar
Osmanthus syrup
Canned or fresh fruit

Quantity

1/2 cup
6 cups
2 cups
6-7g of strips
1/4 cup
1-2 tbsp
Largely diced, to taste

Dishes & Tools

Small cup
Large glass measuring cup
Refrigerator
Blender
Cutting board
Stirring spoon
Medium cooking pot
Stovetop
Fine strainer/sifter
Rectangular baking pan
Large cutting knife

Cooking & Preparation

  1. Soak the sweet apricot kernels in 1 cup of clean water overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. The next day, transfer the soaked kernels (minus the soaking water) to the blender, along with another 2 cups of fresh water. Blend well. Use your strainer and measuring cup to drain the milk from the resulting mixture.
  3. Soak the agar agar strips in cold water for 1 hour.
  4. Take the soaked (and strained) agar agar, and transfer to your cooking pot along with 1 cup of fresh water. Place on the stovetop at medium-high heat to the point of boiling, and maintain heat while stirring to dissolve the agar agar.
  5. Add the crystal sugar and apricot milk mixture to your cooking pot, and simmer for another 5-8 minutes. Turn off the heat, and pour in your 2% milk. Combine well.
  6. Transfer the mixture to your baking pan, but in the process of doing so, run it through your strainer once again (it’s fairly difficult to completely dissolve the agar agar, and you don’t want it clumping up in our finished product).
  7. Set aside for cooling. This desert can be firmed under room temperature, then can be served either directly or slightly chilled in the refrigerator.
  8. Separate from the pan onto your cutting board; if you encounter difficulty in separating the tofu, submerge the outside of your baking pan in warm water for 30-60 seconds to slightly loosen up the very outside edge of the tofu. Cut into 1 inch cubes.
  9. Boil 1 cup of hot water in a microwave with your measuring cup, and add in your osmanthus syrup. Once mixed, set aside to cool for 15 minutes before adding to your almond tofy cubes, and serving.
  10. Serves 4.

For help in summarizing the steps in this recipe, Elaine has produced a video to help walk less-seasoned cooking veterans through the necessary steps:

Closing Note

It’s our hope that you’ve found this recipe to be helpful and enjoyable. Part of what makes the Genshin Impact experience unique for a number of people in our community is the ability to use it to profitable ends in our lives outside of the game, and cooking plays a pleasant role in this effort.

We welcome comments or constructive feedback if additions or corrections can be made to to this content. Feel free to drop us a note with your thoughts.

Cheers,

The Sons of Dvalin community