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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  1. Becky Padmore November 19, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    I eat a lot of tofu but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be brave enough to try this version!

    • Without Borders November 22, 2013 at 1:13 am #

      Definitely one of THE WORST things I have ever eaten! haha

  2. Irina November 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    Oh gosh, it has such a poisonous smell! Nothing that smells this bad can taste good or even passable. Good for you for trying though!!! You guys are hard core – no water, no nothing to flush it with…

    • Without Borders November 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

      Thanks Irina! Yup, I think I can eat anything now after that! The worst part was I spilled it on my clothes and I couldn’t get the smell out for days!

      • Irina November 12, 2013 at 12:30 am #

        …and poor guys had to share a room with you! :))

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