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Stinky Tofu

sillewater Dec 8, 2013 10:52 PM

Where can I find this?

Two older threads:

Sun Flower Cafe 7569 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby - they are a Bubble Tea house

Kalvin's Restaurant 5225 Victoria Dr., Vancouver

Anyone know if these places still sell them and if there are any other places? possibly in Burnaby?

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    dustthouart Dec 10, 2013 08:46 PM

    My guess would be that the problem with authentic stinky tofu is that it is not a smell that just stays in its dish. You can smell the stinky tofu stand from a good bit away at a night market in Taipei (I lived there). Any indoor restaurant serving the real thing would reek of it. I'm guessing even at the outdoor places like the Richmond and Chinatown night markets, they don't want to rent to anyone who would sell the real thing, because no one would want to rent the stalls nearby.

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    1. re: dustthouart
      LotusRapper Dec 10, 2013 11:11 PM

      Unless the adjacent stalls are all Taiwanese vendors and/or ST fans ;-)

      Man, I so miss the stuff right now ! Totally invokes strong memories of eating it when I was a young lad in Taipei, and the ST was being purveyed by old men pedalling three-wheelers with the oil fryer and whole kit & caboodle strapped to the back of his "vehicle".

    2. flowbee Dec 9, 2013 06:41 PM

      I'd like to know too. I had some at the Richmond Night Market (the free one) this summer and it was disappointingly not stinky enough for me. I used to get really good stuff at Vogue at Continental Mall in Richmond yeaaaarrrs ago (they're not there anymore).

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      1. re: flowbee
        sillewater Dec 9, 2013 06:49 PM

        Yea I tries the one at the Night Market too. Not even close to what it should be like.

        1. re: sillewater
          LotusRapper Dec 9, 2013 08:48 PM

          I suspect the Night Market ones are tamed down as to not drive away the un-initiated. But for the rest of us, bring it on !!

          1. re: LotusRapper
            Sam Salmon Dec 9, 2013 09:08 PM

            Is this something of a Natto-like concoction?

            1. re: Sam Salmon
              LotusRapper Dec 9, 2013 10:26 PM

              As someone who can't stand natto, I can't compare stinky tofu with it. But for someone new to, or not used to, the very pungent aroma of stinky tofu, it's a tough dish to love.

              1. re: Sam Salmon
                sillewater Dec 9, 2013 10:47 PM

                Nah, both tofu, but not the same texture nor flavor nor smell.

                1. re: Sam Salmon
                  LotusRapper Dec 10, 2013 03:43 AM

                  Enjoy watching, Sam :-)


                  1. re: LotusRapper
                    flowbee Dec 11, 2013 06:58 PM

                    I love eating it deep fried. My favourite part is when you're chewing it, the smells just waft around your mouth and throat and flood your olfactory nerves from the inside. If you enjoy stinky, fermented foods like I do, you'll love stinky tofu.

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