Ninh Binh Vietnam

Ninh Binh, Tam Coc, Northern Vietnam Post 3 “The Tofu Maker”

Picture post from Tam Coc, Ninh Binh Province Vietnam taken  January 2015

Post  1 to3 in this series from Ninh Binh province in  Vietnam features the lives and work of some of the local people from the small garment factory, to the cottage industry tofu maker, to the block maker and the couple building a house from this local block. Unfortunately any of the limestone outcrop not listed as part of the UNESCO world heritage site is slowly being blown up, pulled down, ground to a powder and finally turned into bricks with a lifespan of only 15 years.  The Tofu maker is one of my favorite picture posts as it offers a glimpse into the process from ground bean to finished block of Tofu. This is hard and hot work carried out a t a relentless pace but offers nonetheless a good living for the family All offering a unique glimpse of some of the local industry and people behind it. Meanwhile in the garment factory conditions here are better than most and better than sweatshops around Asia but long days, sometimes 7 in a row when busy with order deadlines, are spent to earn a living.

The Tofu Maker

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Checking the mix for consistency

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The prepared mix ready for pouring into molds

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Rectangular slab molds are lined with muslin cloth and filled with the cooked Soybean slurry

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Here an adapted iron reinforcing bar protruding from the wall is positioned over the top of the mold and pressed tightly to the top lid

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Then wooden top is fitted perfectly to the top of the mold, this will be pressed into the mold helping to squeeze all excess moisture out of the mix.

 

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The muslin is carefully removed from the Tofu

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Still steaming   perfectly formed Tofu ready for slicing. Many customers call in daily to buy fresh Tofu

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The Tofu makers home, front entrance.

This post its contents and pictures is the copyrighted property of David Keegan 2016 ©

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