Having just returned from six months in Asia and having (finally) acquired a taste for the Taiwanese night market stalwart of chou doufu (stinky tofu), I am now on a mission to suss out the best representation of night market chou doufu to be found in the San Gabriel Valley.
My Lovely Tasting Assistant (LTA) is Taiwanese (of course... why else would any westerner try the stuff of their own volition? :) and so language barriers are not an issue.
She loves Boiling Point (the stinky tofu hotpot place in Hacienda Heights) but I really need the deep fried crispiness that the night market variation brings... it helps to temper the bouquet of the rotten vegetable and shrimp brine and also adds a really lovely crispy texture that is quintessental to enjoying the experience (and gets me past the smell.)
So... lay it on me. Previous stinky tofu posts on chowhound have led to now defunct operations. I am beginning to believe that we will just have to go to Rowland Heights and just keep sniffing around until we find a suitably dis/pleasing aroma.
Many thanks, fellow hounds