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Jul 17, 2013 01:34 PM

Stinky Tofu Poutine

So I stumbled upon this gem yesterday. It's stinky tofu in french fry form. One of the stinkiest [if not the, stinkiest] variations I've had of this putrid dish. Shrimp-based brine.


[and I've tried, Tofu King, Lee's Garden, Old Country, QQ Kitchen, all the ones at the 626 night market, to name a few]

201 E Bay Street, Alhambra, CA 91801

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  1. doesn't poutine have gravy?

    these look like stinky tofu fries

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    1. re: blimpbinge

      the "gravy" was garlic-based. not shown in photo

        1. re: blimpbinge

          Where's the scratch-and-sniff button?

    2. Are those chopsticks or finger foods?

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        i used chopsticks. but hey, if you want smelly fingers -- go for it.

        1. re: ClarissaW

          Sounds like a dating advice column from the National Lampoon...

          1. re: Servorg

            That's so FUNNY!!!!! I laugh my ass off!!!!!

      2. And they really look like french fries. Side by side I don't think you could tell the difference--visually. Address is 201 E. Bay State Street which puts it on the back side of the Farmers Market.

        1. Does the restaurant call it "poutine," or did you name it that?

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            1. re: PeterCC

              Was wondering what Canadiataiwanese-American would name such a thing.

              1. re: Professor Salt

                I'm the only one I know of personally... though I guess my sister and parents count too. :-)

                (Not sure if you were just making a joke, but I actually have triple Taiwanese/Canadian/American citizenship.)

                1. re: Professor Salt

                  How about something like "Peeeuuuu-tine"?

            2. Ok, you're right. It's even stinkier than when tofu king's tofu actually stank(?) into the hk supermarket parking lot in rowland. (Now it's a lot more tame.)

              I personally still like the texture, sauce, and cabbage of tofu king, but if you're just looking for pure stink.. then this might be it.

              They have shrimp, garlic, and chili's diced and fried, but i don't get any of that from the tofu itself. Reminded me of the canto style "XO sauce" It's also a bit on the dry side. The worker also said it was the pan fried one (chow?) instead of just fried, but may need to clarify.

              The process of them making it was actually more stinky than the taste (as expected), so much so that I really wanted to rush out of the restaurant as the few diners that were there began to turn heads and make funny motions with their faces. The chinese couple nearest to the kitchen and to me smelled it and instantly gave me this "it was you!" smirk.

              Overall, this wasn't as stinky as random street vendor tofu in hk or tw (which sometimes is putrid gag inducing), but it's close, and may very well be the stinkiest in LA, for now.

              On a side note, the lu rou fan was disappointingly average, and easily beat by versions from tofu king and taipei bistro.

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              1. re: blimpbinge

                What would the next linguistic level of malodorous mayhem be for this reeking dish? How about "skanky tofu?"