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Nov 25, 2008 05:08 PM

stinky tofu

Is there any place to get stinky tofu in Boston?

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  1. i've had it fried (steamed is take out only) at Taiwan Cafe in CTown. it wasn't that stinky, but it was good.

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    1. re: ScubaSteve

      jo jo taipei in allston has it. also not that stinky (very mild according to the "natives").

      1. re: ScubaSteve

        Had it at TC a couple of years ago, and it the sewer-like waft across the table was more than we could bear (and we're pretty tolerant of that kind of thing). We had it taken away after a few minutes. It didn't taste as strong as it smelled.

        1. re: Ruprecht

          The steamed is way stronger than the fried....I've only done the fried, which I quite liked, but I know it's the wimpy way out...;)

          1. re: Ruprecht

            Twice we have been lingering over meals at Taiwan Cafe and suddenly decided to make a quick exit when the stinky tofu arrived at a nearby table. I guess that's good?

          2. re: ScubaSteve

            both taiwan cafe and jo jo taipei are not nearly stinky enough; those are the only places i've had it in this area.

            1. re: jylze

              Are there any supermarkets that sell it around here? It'd be great if I could fry some myself, I'm a big fan of the way people season it in Chongqing, which I could do myself at home if I just had the stinky tofu.

          3. (Gourmet) Dumpling House also has it. Stink was at a medium level last time I had it - 3 months ago.

            1. Not in Boston but people come from all around for the stinky tofu at Uncle Cheungs in framingham. Stinks up the whole place when someone orders it.

              1. How is stinky tofu prepared? I have never heard of it!! Interesting name!

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                1. Taiwan Cafe, as others have mentioned. I order the fried version, as I am also hooked on the pickles that accompany it. As for 'intensity" I think it is pretty spot on compared to the street side vendors who sell it in the winter months in Taichung, which is to say some days it is stronger than others. Had some a week ago and it was relatively "stronger". To me this is definitely a food where the taste and the aroma are oddly disconnected.