Thursday, January 10, 2013

An Exotic Must Try Chinese Delicacy - Stinky Tofu

A number of years ago I tried a rather strange food in Taiwan after someone dared me. It was called stinky tofu or chou doufu and it had a rather offensive odor. This is actually a form of fermented tofu. Recently my friend Kevin and my neighbors were talking about this exotic delicacy. Kevin found out that it was being sold at the Tuesday night market in Tanjung Bungah and he wanted to give it a try.

The stall was not hard to find. Just follow the foul odor to a stand where there is little business. We purchased a couple of servings and brought it home to share with neighbors. Kevin tried  one piece, made a funny face and refused to eat any more. My neighbor Cheah and I finished the rest, without a problem.

For those who like Limburger cheese eating stinky tofu probably won't be a problem. For others, the smell, which can be described as similar to baby poop, may cause vomiting or at least a vow to never eat it again. It is one of those foods, such as durian or Limburger cheese, that you either like or hate. There is no in between. For anyone living in or visiting Penang I highly recommend, no I dare you, to try it. At least it will give you something to talk about with friends back home.


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