Food Photo Friday-Stinky Tofu

Stinky tofu in Taiwan.

Most night markets in Taiwan are filled with great food that gives off an even better smell, however this is not always the case.  One food that does not add the great smells of the night market is stinky tofu.  As the name implies it has a stinky smell, but just to call it stinky does not truly get the point across.  When Stinky tofu is being cooked it has a very powerful smell that is hard to put into words, but the best way I can put it is that it smells like wet dog.  This makes it sound like something that would be awful to eat, but the taste is far from the same as the smell.  Most of the times it comes with onions and coriander, so it tends to taste like those ingredients and normal tofu.  Even though the taste is somewhat good, having to smell it cooking right by you when you eat it is something that has made me not go back for another helping.  Consumed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

10 responses to “Food Photo Friday-Stinky Tofu

  1. Is it really just onions and coriander? I tried it last week and it tasted just like it smelled to me. I didn’t know how they cooked it.

    • I think with stinky tofu it can range form good to bad and it all depends on the way it is cooked. I was told this was one of the better ones in the city and it did not taste how it smelled, but it sound like you did not have a great one 😦

  2. So that’s what that smell is! I love Thai food and there’s this place I love to go to in NYC, but ever so often someone orders something that smells so bad, and wet dog is the perfect way to describe what it is. I never figured out what it was until now- i always thought it was a specific kind of sauce they use. I also once ordered some kind of duck salad that had the same smell.

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