What is Tofu?
Soy Products Born From Clean Water
Tofu is made of soybeans and seawater. Being a food that has been made for over ten centuries, its ingredients are very simple. Diverse forms of Tofu products unique to Japan have been developed by carefully selecting the ingredients and controlling the production process. Choosing the right soybeans and securing clean and plentiful water are essential for Tofu-making. To make tofu, the first step is to soak soybeans in water so that they become soft enough to be ground into raw soybean puree called “Go” . This “Go” is then boiled and a coagulant from seawater is added. The process is very simple but a slight difference in the timing of the boiling and the way it is coagulated will change the firmness and texture, thereby changing the flavor of tofu to varying degrees. Compared with tofu from other countries, Japanese tofu has the most varieties in the world and is much whiter and softer, with a velvety palate. This is achieved by a combination of pristine water sources in Japan, sophisticated technical ability with great attention to detail, and the Japanese sense of hospitality as the desire to provide delicious food.
India and Soybeans
Soybeans are believed to have been introduced to India around one thousand years ago, but full-scale cultivation did not start until the 1900s. Soybeans started to attract the attention of vegetarians after Mahatma Gandhi, also known as the father of the nation in India, recognized soybeans as a major protein source for vegetarians, and advocated for their significance in nutrition and the benefits of consuming them. Gandhi thought that diet is extremely vital for health, and he wrote that it’ s better to prevent diseases than to treat them. He realized early on that consuming soybeans for good health was an important step toward realizing the ideal of “prevention before cure” . India is the world’ s fifth largest producer of soybeans, and all of the beans produced in the nation are non-GMO. However, most are used to produce cooking oil and it is still uncommon for them to be eaten as food.
How we make it Delicious?
What We Do to Make Delicious Tofu in India
What We Do to Make Delicious Tofu in India
Soybeans and clean water are essential to tofu-making. At Invigorate Foods, we blend soybeans that are suitable for tofu with soybeans from India. Wishing to provide tofu of equal quality to tofu produced in Japan, we use raw materials produced in India as much as possible, and we travel around the world to find and purchase the best soybeans that go well together with Indian soybeans. The soybeans used by us are entirely non-GMO. In order to secure clean water essential for tofu-making, we have installed a giant reverse osmosis (RO) water purifier to filter massive amounts of water at our factory. Dissolved solids such as heavy metals, chlorine, chemical substances, bacteria and viruses are removed by the water filtration process using the RO membranes to produce pure water. Only purified water is used in the entire process of tofu-making at Invigorate Foods. Our tofu-manufacturing machines are made in Japan, and Japanese engineers are present to oversee the production process, so we have succeeded in making tofu in India of a quality that is no different than that of Japan
We Support Your Healthy Diet with Tofu
At Invigorate Foods, we are constantly aiming to create high quality and delicious food with the same devotion that accompanies serving food to our parents and family. Genki-ya, a Japanese company born in India, was established out of a wish to spread Japanese soybean products to people in India, and it manufactures and distributes plant-based foods. Although one third of Indians are vegetarian, there is currently a lack of options for vegetable protein. We believe we can make the Indian dinner table a more rich and healthy one with Japanese tofu products. Soybean-based foods, starting with tofu, have been developed and refined in Japanese Shojin cuisine. The word ‘Shojin’ in Buddhist terminology refers to the cultivation of the soul and elevation of human nature through discipline, and it represents devotion and great effort in pursuance of the deeper nature of things. Keeping this idea of “Shojin” in mind, we would like to provide products that encourage the daily life of everyone, regardless of their country, race or religion, as we all sit around the same table and talk together. Our company aims to contribute to that kind of commensality.