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Stinky Tofu

Where can I find this?

Two older threads:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/502414
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/108719

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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  1. 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

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

      1. re: sillewater

        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

          Is this something of a Natto-like concoction?

          1. re: Sam Salmon

            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

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

                1. re: LotusRapper

                  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.

        2. 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

            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".