Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Javanese Tofu Maker

On our way to a pottery place, my driver stopped at a tofu maker. The few windows provided a bit of illumination, but didn't do much to dissipate the heat. Beams of light,  intermingled with smoke and dust, shone from the spaces in the roof. In this toasty room, a man labored in the production of tofu. 
Wood provided the heat source for boiling. I can only imagine how hot it must have been to stoke the fire on a very regular basis throughout the day. 
After much stirring and straining, the vats are weighted, allowing more liquid to drain. After about 20 minutes, the weights are removed and the moulds are covered and deftly flipped over the man's head, resulting in a fresh block of tofu.

Tofu drying on some woven racks

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