« First Taste: Taipei Street Eats | Main | Southern Comfort »



Jaden, SteamyKitchen

oh i lovelovelove stinkylicious tofu! everytime I go visit parents in Los Angeles, we head straight for the chou dou fu stand near their house.

I actually considered trying to make this dish...but I think my very strict homeowner's association would vote me off the "island"


This looks/sounds amazing. That said, I'd probably be willing to eat my shoe if you wrote about it and said it would be delicious. :)


Taiwan has the best chou dofu for dang sure!

550ml jar of faith

Oh yes! I refrained from chou do fu for a good part of my sheltered life, before realizing in my wise old age that just because it smells bad doesn't mean it can't taste out of this world! Awesome blog btw!


I loved this the first time I tried it in Hong Kong after relatives had been warning me about it for years, yep, the smell is bad but once you get past that, the combination of flavours and textures is such a treat. Anyone who can eat a really smelly french cheese shouldn't have any problems with stinky tofu!


Rather you than me, Robyn :)


Love the bean curd too!. One of my favorite recipe is to fry the bean curd and eat with sweet and sour source with the grind peanut and cilantro.

Thank you for sharing.


Rasa Malaysia

I still haven't gotten past the smell and have never tried, nor do I have the desire to try in the near future, yet. I went to Shilin night market and left the hawker center as soon as I stepped in. LOL.



We bumped into your blog and we really liked it - great recipes YUM YUM.
We would like to add it to the Petitchef.com.

We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
enjoy your recipes.

Petitchef is a french based Cooking recipes Portal. Several hundred Blogs are already members
and benefit from their exposure on Petitchef.com.

To add your site to the Petitchef family you can use http://en.petitchef.com/?obj=front&action=site_ajout_form or just go to Petitchef.com and click on "Add your site"

Best regards,



I love stink tofu. Probably by far my favorite item to eat when I'm in Taiwan. There is a great stand in the Tong Hua night market. I don't know exactly where it is though, but my aunt always buys some from there and told us it is pretty famous. I have definitely tasted the difference.


I believe you have graduated. You are as Chinese as anyone of Chinese descent. :)


great post.. love the description..


Jaden - I've heard of Southeast Asian Americans being hassled for frying shrimp paste. Urban legend? BTW - if you're really on an island I'm coming to visit ... and staying at your place!

Lina - thanks for the compliment. Pass me your shoe the next time you're in KL. I'll hand it off to my favorite stir-fry vendor and we'll see how it goes from there.

Anne - hmmm. Maybe that's why I liked it here and not in Shanghai?

550ml jar - thanks for the compliment. I like to think I grew into chou dofu. The same way I 'grew' into roquefort cheese.

Moya - I agree (about a stinky French cheese).

Meemalee - oh, c'mon. You eat shrimp paste, don't you?

Green - you're welcome. And that sounds delicious.

Rasa - try it the next time you're in Taipei - I bet you'd like it!

Vincent - thanks for the heads up. I'll check petit chef out.

kirbie - you and me both. I'll have to be sure to get another dose or three before I leave Taiwan.

bayi - maybe ... but I'm still not eating pig brains. So maybe not. :-)

joanh - thanks!


I first got to taste the infamous "stinky tofu" a few months back in atlanta. I'm ashamed I never got the chance to try this in my time in SEAsia (from the Philippines and Taiwan is just so close :D). And I did not find it as stinky as the hype presented. Or maybe I'm just used to these smells? :)

And in Dubai, Filipinos were infamous in apartment buildings for cooking shrimp paste and dried fish, which perfumed the entire building :) Maybe we SEAsians carry the same reputation here in North America?


Didi I do think there is something to the fact that SE Asians are used to ingredients that might be described as "stinky" by others. I certainly think that had I tried chou dofu in 1990 I would have gagged. I didn't even like the smell of it in Shanghai in the late 90s. I think living in SE Asia and getting used to these flavors and smells (durian too) "normalized" them for me. Stinky tofu was just something to try, not something to overcome.
And yes --- the flavour is NOTHING like the smell! The smell is a bad advertisement. :)
Thanks for reading.

Linda Esposito

Hi Robyn
How are you? I am now with an organic tofu company in the Bay Area and having lots of fun. I just shared your FB link on Hodo Soy's page. I still remember the stench of "chow dou fu" at the entrance to the Admiralty station in HK and finally got the guts to try it during a midnight run to a 24 hr houseware store in Tainan with my sister, and stopped to try it. It certainly taste better than it smells!


Linda, so you're with Hodo? I'd love to visit them when we're back. And I saw the link on their page. Thanks for the share!


@Robyn: After so many years, the durian smell still makes me gag. My mama grew up in the province where it is most popular (Davao) and relatives often bring her a couple of kilos. It smells like puke! But for my parents it smells like heaven. Hehehe!


Smell is so subjective, Didi (like taste, obvs). I'm trying to think of a food smell that makes me sick to my stomach. Can't come up with one.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Look Inside and Pre-Order! Also available at Barnes&Noble and Indiebound.