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Bill on Capitol Hill | Mar 25, 2007 08:30 PM

I ordered the "Spicy Roasted Tofu" entree at the Arlington Thai place, and what I received was a dish of gnarled nuggets that looked and tasted unmistakably (a) battered and deep-fried and (b) like poultry. Essentially General Tso's chicken. They tasted like chicken, the interiors had the grain structure you see in meat, and the shapes were irregular, unlike the cubes or smooth strips I would expect with tofu. It even appeared that there was both dark meat and white meat.

I asked the server, and she said "Yes, it does look like duck, but it's tofu."

I shrugged and went on eating. I'm not a vegetarian, so it wasn't a huge issue aside from a meal being something other than I expected. But I'm really curious now: Does Thai cuisine include this ultimate Tofurkey of sorts -- an elaborate, masterfully simulated meatless version of duck? (And, secondarily, does "roasted" mean "deep-fried" in Thai menu-speak?)

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