Finally ate the stinky dofu

Pictures from last night’s Keelung Night Market trip are up!

Joanna, to whom the evening’s adventures were dedicated, has the distinct honour of having our first stinky dofu experience in her name. Does that make her our of patron saint of chodofu? It’s not every day that white people eat this stuff. We know one Canadian guy who lived here eleven years and never tried it. After choking on the fumes for months (these pungent clouds of chemicals travel quite a distance… down the street, around corners, you always smell it long before you see it), we finally actually paid money to get up close and personal with the stuff. It doesn’t taste half as bad as it smells, though according to our Taiwanese friends a key to enjoying (read: surviving) the experience is to sit upwind.

I’m not kidding. If you ever come here, we’ll never have to point it out to you on the street because after reading this you’ll just know it when it hits you. “No, you haven’t found the missing WMD’s – that’s food you’re smelling.”

Keelung is a port city, so seafood was everywhere. If we’d had our notepad, we’d have all the names and contents of things right now, but this time we’ll just have to refer you to the pictures.

6 thoughts on “Finally ate the stinky dofu”

  1. Great post Joel…but I know that if I were reading it from a safe and comfortable distance, where I might not have the smell of stinky dofu waft through my living room or across the path of my walk through the park, I’d want to know WHAT does it SMELL LIKE????

    Well, our canadian friend that lived here for 11 years and never tried it says that it smells like “the south end of a north bound pig.” And that’s about the size (or..um, smell) of it, I suppose.

    But, as far as the taste goes….yeah, there’s a hint of that south end of a pig-ness to it, but nothing like what the smell might lead you to believe. Especially if there is a little bit of the Taiwanese version of “kimchi” to go with it (vinegary, cabbagy stuff)…that drowns out the other “flavor” quite nicely.

    -Jessica

  2. Dofu is tofu. But for some annoying reason when ‘they’ were deciding on what letters to use for Chinese words, ‘they’ picked the wrong ones. You say, “dofu” but in English it’s spelled “tofu.” Same thing goes for Taipei; it’s really pronounced “Taibei.”

    It’s tofu, that stinks like you wouldn’t believe. I think it’s fermented yeast or something.

  3. I was… about an hour ago. First grade is taking a week-long test, and 4th grade in on a field trip, so I’ve got substantially fewer students to see today. I’m at work, so I guess I technically shouldn’t be on here, but they haven’t blocked the site yet!! =)

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