Peninsula's chili tofu: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 46

Housemade tofu at Peninsula

Housemade tofu at Peninsula

Encountering tofu on a menu may leave some shuddering with the thought of beige, tasteless hunks of rubbery soybean curd, choked down primarily by smug vegetarians and overzealous health nuts. Meat and potatoes may seem the more satisfying way to go. Then along comes Eat Street's Peninsula with its addictive chili tofu, knocking down any preconceptions one may have about this vegetarian protein as both a delicious and proper main course.


The Malaysian restaurant makes its tofu by hand, then stir fries it with fresh chilies and chopped red onion before tossing it all in a spicy sriracha sauce. The result? A lip-tingling pile of crispy golden pillows filled with creamy, custard-like goodness. These savory nuggets are both filling and satisfying, and it's all too easy to keep popping them into your mouth until they're gone. Meat and potatoes? Forget about 'em.

2608 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis
612.871.8282; Peninsula website

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:
No. 47: Annona Gourmet's balsamic vinegars No. 48: Cocina del Barrio's jalapeno poppers No. 49: Papa's Philly Cheesesteak No. 50: Swede Hollow Cafe's caramel roll No. 51: Thomasina's cashew brittle No. 52: Patisserie 46's Rory Cake
No. 53: Il Gatto's Ravanelli 
No. 54: Mandarin Kitchen's Seafood and Tofu Hot Pot
No. 55: Polish Delight Cocktail at the Inn
No. 56: Gopher Bar's Coney Island Dog
No. 57: Holy Land's hummus tahini
No. 58: The Sample Room's wild mushroom ragout on polenta No. 59: On's Thai Kitchen Nam Thok No. 60: Flamingo Restaurant's vegetarian combo No. 61: Sea Change's Brioche Pain Perdu No. 62: Haute Dish's "Steak & Eggs" No. 63: Tremblay's Sweet Shop salt water taffy No. 64: Bars Bakery's Turtle Bar No. 65: Pizzeria Lola's Lady ZaZa Pizza No. 66: In Season's fried oysters No. 67: Cave Vin's steak frites No. 68: Everest on Grand's cabbage and potatoes No. 70: Surly Coffee Bender No. 71: Quang's bun tom xao No. 72: YoYo Donuts' maple bacon doughnut No. 73: Cupcake's mini cupcakes No. 74: Willy D's ribs No. 75: Salsa a la Salsa's Fried Chocolate Truffles No. 76: Anodyne's Artichoke Melt No. 77: Origami's steamed duck No. 78: B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar No. 79: Mozza Mia's house-made limoncello No. 80: Salty Tart Bakery's pastry cream-filled brioche No. 81: Little Szechuan's bamboo tips with chili sauce No. 82: Oceanaire's Jumbo Lump Crab Cake No. 83: Aperitif's Nonni's Meatballs No. 84: Christos's Saganaki No. 85: Seven Stars' Sesame Bagel No. 86: Hell's Kitchen Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes No. 87: Blackbird banh mi No. 88: Tank Goodness chocolate chip cookies No. 89: Sole Cafe's gal bee No. 90: Porter & Frye's El Pelon No. 91: Coffee News' fish and chips No. 92: Bread & Chocolate's Fabulous Fudge Bar No. 93: People's Organic Panna Cotta No. 94: Sea Salt Eatery Crawdad Po' Boy No. 95: Fuji Ya's Tofu Don No. 96: Ike's Food and Cocktails The Weekender Bloody Mary No. 97: Punch's Toto pizza No. 98: Stockholm Pie Company's peanut butter fudge cream pie No. 99: Dogwood Coffee Co.'s macchiato No. 100: Al's Breakfast buttermilk pancakes

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