Tofu has many different forms which have unique textures, depending on the meal you want to make. If you want to try various versions before cooking them yourself, visit a Chinese restaurant and ask them for dishes with the different tofu styles. Most stores offer soft/silken, firm, and extra firm tofu. I use firm and soft/silken tofu frequently. Both types will absorb the flavor of the ingredients used to cook the meal. Soft tofu can be used in smoothies. Firm tofu is very good in stews and mixes well with mushrooms, a favorite combination of mine!