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Benjamin McCracken (USA)
At this yuba factory and we not only experienced yuba’s production process firsthand, but taste-tested fresh yuba.
Hiei Yuba-honpo is a store and factory making and selling products made from yuba, or tofu skin, made from the skin of gently boiled soy milk. Yuba has been eaten by Buddhist monks in Japan for generations and is considered a very healthy food.
Hiei Yuba-honpo makes a large variety of product from yuba and is known for its unique ideas about how to use yuba in many non-traditional ways..
The owner and president of Hiei Yuba, Mrs. Yagi, explains the proper attire for making yuba.
Yuba making requires a clean environment, so anyone making yuba has to wear something over their hair and clothing.
The factory has large vats containing gently boiled soy milk.
The soy milk is gently boiled until it forms a skin on top.
Mrs. Yagi explains how yuba is made.
A worker demonstrates how to remove the tofu skin from the gently boiling soy milk.
The goal is to take the yuba out of the soy milk in a flat sheet.
It is much harder to make a nice, flat piece of yuba than it first appears.
Once the yuba is taken off of the soy milk, it is left to dry.
The best way to eat yuba is straight off the top of the production line. The yuba is removed by pinching it in the middle with chop-sticks.
Yuba fresh out of the soy milk.
Fresh yuba is delicious. Of course, all yuba is delicious.
Most of the work of making yuba is done by hand. Here workers removed several sheets of yuba and left them to dry.
Hiei Yuba makes a wide variety of products.
Yuba can be used for many things, including sushi.
Yuba can even be eaten as a dessert. It goes great with maple syrup.
I couldn't get enough of the yuba with maple syrup.
Hiei Yuba-honpo is certainly one place to stop for traditional Japanese food that is both tasty and healthy.