Sumofish is a San Francisco-based independent line of T-shirts with unique Japanese illustrations by owner Brandt Fuse. The artwork is inspired by a love of Japanese food, drink and culture, and also a Japanese American experience in Hawai’i and San Francisco.
Bok Choy Apparel
Bok Choy Apparel is a small apparel company that focuses on Asian-themed graphic T’s. Our inspiration comes from the many quirks and intricacies of Pan-Asian culture, including food, family, fun and games. Come by and check out our Tofu Clan shirt!
CONTACT: Gloria Roman (323) 806-3851
photo by Brian Yee
Made from 100 percent FDA and Kosher approved soybean oil, these candles naturally contain Vitamin E and Lecithin, and can be used on your skin as a lotion or massage oil. They relieve burns, insect bites, bruises, eczema, psoriasis and poison oak, and come in 15 delightful fragrances that burn clean, are soot free and do not emit harmful toxins into your home. The candles are non-GMO (genetically modified organisms), and all fragrances are from plant sources and not chemicals.
CONTACT: (209) 244-6439, KateysKandles@gmail.com
Hodo Soy Beanery
In 2004, after an enthusiastic response and growing demand through word-of-mouth to his soy products, Minh Tsai left his career in finance and founded what would become Hodo Soy Beanery. Hodo Soy Beanery’s mission is to craft the highest quality, best-tasting, freshest soy milk, tofu, and yuba possible; then to get their products to their customers right away so that they can be enjoyed at the peak of freshness; all the while working to demystify tofu through direct customer education and transparency of ingredient sourcing, production methods and philosophy.
CONTACT: (510) 464-2977, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rau Om (tofu misozuke)
Tofu marinated in miso and aged for months becomes a rich, creamy, and flavourful delicacy that’s indescribable and must be tasted for one’s self. Tofu misozuke can be enjoyed on its own or as a spread on cucumber, bread or crackers. Comparisons to cheeses are inevitable, but tofu misozuke is in a class of its own. Rau Om is delighted to bring this ancient delicacy to you.
San Jose Tofu
175 Jackson St., San Jose, Calif.
With the tofu-making process being so labor intensive and more companies choosing to automate, San Jose Tofu remains as one of the last handmade tofu-shops in the country. It is no wonder that this tofu sometimes sells out, with people driving for miles just to buy it. With a taste and texture that can’t compare to a mass-produced tofu, San Jose Tofu is worth the wait, and a drive — it’s a labor of love that you won’t find anywhere else.
CONTACT: (408) 292-7026
In 1979, Alvin Kunishi, a nuclear engineer, and his wife Dorothy Kunishi, a school teacher, were faced with the daunting task of carrying on Alvin’s ailing father’s tofu company, with little knowledge on how to run the business. With 6,000 pounds of tofu being produced each week in their state-of-the-art facility, Sacramento Tofu is distributed to markets throughout the Bay Area.
CONTACT: (916) 383-0725
8300 Belvedere Ave., Sacramento, Calif.
100 percent of all proceeds from the Nakayoshi Young Professionals food booth — including Tofu Sushi and Mabo Dofu — will benefit the Nichi Bei Foundation.
Staking territory as the first Japanese food truck in San Francisco, JapaCurry has been serving Japanese curry rice, one of Japan’s favorite comfort foods, around the Bay Area for the past year and a half.
At the festival, they’ll be serving up Tofu Curry — you’ll love how well the two go together. They also serve a Tofu Bento with fried tofu and brown rice.
What: Japanese curry (and other sides)
Average price: $6-$8 per main entree
Signature dish: Katsu Curry (breaded pork or chicken cutlet over rice)
The Chairman Truck
Using secret recipes from their Little Red Cookbook, and some tongue-in-cheek humor, The Chairman Truck serves up baked and steamed Taiwanese buns with a variety of savory fillings.
Heralding from Little Saigon and running for the past two years, The Chairman uses house-made ingredients such as braised pork belly, and Korean spicy chicken to bring new flavors to an old favorite.
Try their Crispy Garlic Tofu with Miso Greens, and wash it all down with a fresh shave ice drink.
What: Taiwanese guo baos
Average price: $3-$6
Signature dish: Pork Belly with pickled daikon