Ota Tofu in Southeast Portland has a loyal following among Asian communities. After recent exposure on Top Chef, the company is looking to expand.
PORTLAND, Oregon — One of the strongest connections Oregon has to Japan is through tofu. Portland is home to America’s oldest still-operating tofu manufacturer, Ota Tofu.
The company celebrates its 110th anniversary this year. It’s easy to miss the faded wooden sign and nondescript entrance on Southeast Stark and Sandy, but regulars know this place well.
On a red tray atop a bucket, co-owner Sharon Ogata sets fresh tofu for a stream of walk-in customers to their small lobby. Other
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