Boy, this is the most fetid food I've ever come across. We happened to pass by a small eatery along the street of Shilin Night Market that sells this exotic fare - the Stinky Tofu. Stinky Tofu also known by its Chinese name - Chou Dofu is a marinated and fermented tofu dish. As the name implies, its smell is bursting with a strong and intoxicating foul odor resembling that of rotten garbage or manure.
Shockingly, HB likes it so much. After eating at the restaurant, he even brought to the hotel a take-out order of stewed stinky tofu, cooked with duck blood, mala sauce, fermented tofu and vegetables.
Inside our air-conditioned hotel sanctuary, I wasn't expecting dilemma until HB uncovered the take-home plastic bowl; the offensive smell of stinky tofu was like a bomb flew through the air and surrounded the whole place. And believe me, at that time, you would not want to be in that room!
While HB was having an exquisite gustatory satisfaction, I was on the other side of the room relentlessly complaining since the qualm of nausea was rushing through me as the malodorous thing attacked my olfactory gland. To prevent the horrible smell, I just covered myself completely with a blanket.
However, surprisingly with all the ruckus happened, I tried and managed to eat one piece of stinky tofu. (Yes I did! I now consider myself to be a fairly courageous person.) But then again, the nausea and vomiting feeling gets really overwhelming. I freaking looked like one of the contestants on Amazing Race Asia 3 and Fear Factor. My experience was totally different from HB. For me, the stinky tofu really does taste as bad as it smells. No offense meant to all aficionados.
To neophytes, if you can stand the smell and if you happen to have a taste for heavy flavors with a spicy kick, then definitely you'll love the notoriously famous Stinky Tofu!