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Entry from April 05, 2018
“Tofu is really kung fu for toes”

"Tofu” (a food) is very different from “kung fu” (a Chinese martial art), but there have been jokes—especially involving toes. “What is tofu made of? My guess, toes and kung-fu!” was posted on Twitter on May 21, 2009. “Kung-fu with your feet equals tofu according to Leah” was posted on Twitter on September 7, 2010. “Tofu: Little known branch of Kung Fu using only the toes” was posted on Twitter on April 17, 2012.

“Kung Pao tofu” is sometimes wrongly or jokingly called “Kung Fu tofu.” “‘Could I get an order of the Kung Fu Tofu?’ ‘I’m sorry, sir?’ *pause* ‘Pao.  Kung Pao Tofu.’ #MixedMartialArts” was posted on Twitter on October 9, 2010. “The old-person way to order kung pao tofu is to say ‘kung fu’ loudly and repeatedly when not understood” was posted on Twitter on December 25, 2017.

A “kung fu"/"tofu" riddle was posted on Reddit—3amjokes on April 5, 2018:

Q: What do you call a vegan fighting style?
A: Tofu.



Wikipedia: Tofu
Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a food cultivated by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into soft white blocks. It is a component in East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines. Tofu can be soft, firm, or extra firm. Tofu has a subtle flavor and can be used in savory and sweet dishes. It is often seasoned or marinated to suit the dish.

Wikipedia: Kung Pao
Kung Pao chicken (Chinese: 宫保鸡丁), also transcribed as Gong Bao or Kung Po, is a spicy, stir-fried Chinese dish made with chicken, peanuts, vegetables, and chili peppers. The classic dish in Sichuan cuisine originated in the Sichuan Province of south-western China and includes Sichuan peppercorns. Although the dish is found throughout China, there are regional variations that are typically less spicy than the Sichuan serving. Kung Pao chicken is also a staple of westernized Chinese cuisine.

Wikipedia: Chinese martial arts
Chinese martial arts, often named under the umbrella terms kung fu (/ˈkʊŋ ˈfuː/; Chinese: 功夫; pinyin: gōngfu; Cantonese Yale: gūng fū) and wushu (武術; wǔshù), are the several hundred fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China. These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as “families” (家; jiā), “sects” (派; pài) or “schools” (門; mén) of martial arts. Examples of such traits include Shaolinquan (少林拳) physical exercises involving Five Animals (五形) mimicry, or training methods inspired by Old Chinese philosophies, religions and legends. Styles that focus on qi manipulation are called internal (内家拳; nèijiāquán), while others that concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness are called “external” (外家拳; wàijiāquán). Geographical association, as in northern (北拳; běiquán) and “southern” (南拳; nánquán), is another popular classification method.

Twitter
jeredscott
@jeredscott
What is tofu made of? My guess, toes and kung-fu!
11:47 PM - 21 May 2009

Twitter
Kate Hiscock
@KateHiscoc
Kung-fu with your feet equals tofu according to Leah. :D
2:39 AM - 7 Sep 2010

Twitter
Kaysho Husky
@KayshoHusky
“Could I get an order of the Kung Fu Tofu?” “I’m sorry, sir?” *pause* “Pao.  Kung Pao Tofu.” #MixedMartialArts
4:30 PM - 9 Oct 2010

Twitter
Ronnie Barbour
@RadioBarbour
Tofu: Little known branch of Kung Fu using only the toes.
4:42 PM - 17 Apr 2012

Twitter
Kale VQ
@kylevq
Wait, tofu isn’t a type very intense toe kung fu?
10:43 PM - 24 Apr 2012

Twitter
Z4ID
@Mr_Zaid01
My uncle fights kung fu with he’s toes..... Call it tofu!! #ShinaRamboBars
7:23 AM - 23 Jun 2012

Twitter
Dave
@gneicco
Tofu to all my vegan friends and kung fu to all my carnivore friends.
8:23 PM - 6 Feb 2013

Twitter
Prince Vegeater
@lucasthebeatbox
Tofu sounds like a foot based martial art. Like Kung-Fu but with only toe on toe action...sounds grim but not as grim as what I just tasted.
11:44 AM - 28 Mar 2013

Twitter
Jenn Reese
@jennreese
I just tried to order “kung fu tofu” at lunch. The waitress laughed at me. #kungpao
4:17 PM - 10 May 2013

Twitter
Starr
@Starr2_d2
Tofu is like Kung Fu for your toes
8:33 PM - 14 May 2013

Twitter
Lucifer Piltdown
@LuciferPiltdown
So ‘Tofu’ isn’t a martial art for shoeless people ?
‘Kung fu Panda’ probably isn’t a delicious endangered species main course either.
Arse.
3:43 PM - 2 Jul 2013

Twitter
lil ching
@gnarilyn
My dad says tofu is Kung fu food
8:44 PM - 13 Aug 2013

Twitter
Nabeelah Abrahams
@nabelz007
Lesson Learnt : Tofu is not “Toe Kung Fu” I feel like a fool Lmfao “wuaaaaa” !
5:00 PM - 2 Dec 2013

Twitter
Carlo Miguel Arrabe
@carlomgl_
A kung fu masters toe : TOFU
7:59 AM - 9 Dec 2013

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Megan Lamoureux
@kaysoimmacutie
whenever i hear the word tofu, i think of toes and kung fu
10:24 PM - 5 Jan 2014

Twitter
Clara Blaine
@ClaraBlaine24
Normal dinner conversations:
Emily: what’s tofu?
My dad: Kung fu.. But only with your toes.
Emily: REALLY?!!!
7:44 PM - 17 Mar 2014

Twitter
Squaaaaat™
@squaaaaat
Is tofu just Kung Fu with your toes?
#questions #tofu #kungfu #karate #goingforawalk #dark #nobodyseesme
8:49 PM - 30 Mar 2014

Twitter
Robert Buscemi™
@RobertBuscemi
i practice kung fu on tofu
2:11 AM - 28 May 2014

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
ToFu is really Kung Fu for toes.
submitted March 8, 2015 by jdmax

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
If Kung Fu is for humans is Tofu meant for the toes?
submitted February 26, 2016 by Nexus_hemoglobin
COMMENTS
deleted
More like Tofu is for eating and Kung Fu is for beating.

Twitter
Ian Hall
@Ian64
Tofu: Like kung-fu, but with toes. #1PUN
8:10 AM - 29 Apr 2016

Twitter
Nanoo Gardiner
@NanooLionel
Replying to @Piujuq
what is tofu..... Is it anything like Kung fu
9:16 PM - 26 Oct 2016 from Beauval, Saskatchewan

Twitter
Dillonopolous
@KevinPDillon
Tofu is a healthy alternative to Kung fu.  #fakeveganfacts
@HashFakeFacts
1:45 PM - 4 Dec 2016

Twitter
Jason
@Spoodydude
Tofu Kung fu
9:27 PM - 8 Jan 2017

Twitter
Wu woman talks
@SvitlanaLova
I feel I’ve reached kung fu in cooking tofu.
1:48 PM - 13 Apr 2017 from Hong Kong

Twitter
🌹Miello 🌹
@DaddyMiello
I was listening to the radio and this dude was talking about tofu… Then sudden went “When you eat Tofu you get really good at Kung-Fu”
10:55 AM - 16 May 2017

Twitter
David E. Miller
@LividEmerald
Replying to @BrianRathbone
Which do pandas prefer, kung fu or tofu?
12:11 PM - 27 Nov 2017

Twitter
Ryan Godfrey
@rgodfrey
The old-person way to order kung pao tofu is to say “kung fu” loudly and repeatedly when not understood.
7:57 PM - 25 Dec 2017 from Santa Fe, NM

Twitter
Crypto Ƀ win
@httpp___
Eat tofu learn Kung fu
4:28 PM - 4 Jan 2018

Twitter
ICKYZ Bear Arms 🐻 💪🏼 💪🏼
@ICKYZ0
KUNG FU VS TOFU
10:45 AM - 8 Feb 2018

Reddit—3amjokes
What do you call a vegan fighting style? self.3amjokes
Submitted April 5, 2018 by b0lbistroganovsky
Tofu

Twitter
3AM
@3AM_Jokes
What do you call a vegan fighting style?... Tofu
9:32 AM - 5 Apr 2018

Twitter
Matt
@Yakcall
What do you call a vegan fighting style?
Tofu
8:15 PM - 5 Apr 2018

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