Stinky tofu is pretty much an acquired taste, but once you get it, you’ve got it good. Mr Taster, who was converted to the fried kind at the night markets in Taiwan, describes it as crispy and golden on the outside but very soft and silky inside. To eat, poke a hole in it and stuff a little fermented cabbage inside, and dip it in a sauce.
Stinky tofu is also served in hotpot, like at Boiling Point, but the deep-fried crispiness, he says, “helps to temper the bouquet of the rotten vegetable and shrimp brine and also adds a really lovely crispy texture that is quintessential to enjoying the experience (and gets me past the smell).”
A couple of hounds report that the best fried stinky tofu to be had can be found at the HK Supermarket Plaza in Rowland Heights, the epicenter of Taiwanese food in the Southland. The vendor used to have a cart, but the operation’s been moved inside (with a big fan to blow out the aroma). Follow your nose.
Ay-Chung has fried stinky tofu, although it’s not quite up to the authentic level of funkiness. For some, this may be a good thing.
And Yung Ho Tou Chiang, the well-known Taiwanese breakfast joint, also serves stinky tofu.
Boiling Point [Inland of LA]
2020 S. Hacienda Blvd., Hacienda Heights
Stinky tofu cart [Inland of LA]
in HK Supermarket Plaza
18414 E. Colima Rd. Unit #S-2, Rowland Heights
Ay-Chung Rice Noodle [South OC]
formerly Bin Bin Konjac
5406 Walnut Ave. #C, Irvine
Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle [San Gabriel Valley]
140 W. Valley Blvd. #208, San Gabriel
Yung Ho Tou Chiang Restaurant [San Gabriel Valley]
1045 E. Valley Blvd. # 105, San Gabriel