Eating fermented tofu in china


stinky tofuAfter travelling many different countries throughout Asia and trying countless amounts of local delicacies, I figured we could stomach just about anything. Thinking back at the first time I tried BALUT for instance (boiled duck embryo). At the time, I had to use all of my energy to stop myself from hurling bits of baby duck onto the sidewalk but now it seems like a piece of cake! Little did I know that the smell and flavour of fermented tofu would leave a permanent scar in my memory for years to come.

Fermented tofu, otherwise known as fermented bean curd or stinky tofu, or  Clayton likes to call it, “F$%king rancid sh*t piss”. There are many adjectives for it but you can use your own terminology once you have tried it.

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fermented tofu soup

As you can see, we weren’t the biggest fans of this dish. It’s definitely one of the foods you must try when you are in China but I would put it at the top of my list for worst foods ever created for human consumption. They say that it is an “acquired taste”, but there is no way in hell that I could acquire a taste for something that resembles sweaty socks soaked in rotten blue cheese dressing.


Have you ever tried this dish?  How was it prepared? We would love to know your thoughts!

-Chad Klyne


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