Stinky tofu is so unhealthy that it has been sued for “polluting the air”, however it’s a well-known avenue meals in Taiwan and Hong Kong and is cherished by many individuals.
Why is the tofu rotten… rotten?
Stinky tofu (smelly tofu/chou dofu) is a sort of tofu that’s fermented, from which it has an disagreeable scent. This is a well-liked, low cost avenue snack in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia. When touring to those international locations, it’s straightforward to see folks holding skewers, containers … containing fried rotten tofu and even needing to know that there are rotten tofu close by, as a result of the scent is sort of robust.
As the title suggests, the rotten tofu is “terrible” and is described as quaint, the scent of decomposing rubbish or the scent of youngsters’s excrement, the scent of rancid meat…
Legend has it that rotten tofu was born accidentally. During the reign of King Khang Hy, there was a poor scholar who bought tofu within the capital to earn a dwelling whereas ready till subsequent 12 months… retake the examination. However, tofu didn’t promote effectively in the summertime, so he needed to lower it up, put it in jars and salt it to protect it.
A couple of days later, when he tasted the “brewed” tofu, the coed discovered this dish surprisingly enticing. Since then, the dish of rotten tofu has unfold all through the capital to at the present time, regardless of its disagreeable scent.
How to make rotten tofu?
In every area and nation, there are other ways to organize rotten tofu, however normally, there are tofu and broth (which might embrace milk, greens and meat). Normal tofu items will probably be soaked on this water for six months or extra to ferment. Alternatively, the broth will be created from dried shrimp, inexperienced mustard, bamboo shoots and Chinese herbs.
Rotten tofu will be fried, baked or used as an ingredient for different dishes. Deep-fried rotten tofu is sort of nutritious, usually served with chili sauce, black sauce, kimchi…
Despite its “rotten” repute, rotten tofu is non-toxic and is claimed to be wealthy in nutritional vitamins and protein. According to analysis by Tsinghua University (China), rotten tofu has about 15 varieties of helpful micro organism much like yogurt, good for the digestive system.
Where to eat rotten tofu in Saigon?
- Ngo Gia Rotten Tofu (84 Street No. 9, Ward 8, District 11)
- BaoBei Tofu Tofu (38 Lot E Cu Xa Phu Lam D, Ward 10, District 6): The store is situated within the meals avenue, appropriate for experiencing extra dishes.
- Taiwan Ky Long tofu (274 Lanh Binh Thang, Ward 13, District 11)