I noticed a post on 10/7/03 on this board and think there is an unfortunate misunderstanding in it.
The poster indicates there is a bad smell in the back of the Flushing Food Court on 36-58 Main St.
As you may know, this is a wonderful establishment that offers an authentic array of foods from different regions of China. I hope there are no baseless criticisms levelled at it.
I would just like to tell the poster that it is supposed to smell like that. It is the aroma of a certain tofu dish that the 2 stands in back sell. What's more, this is the fried version of the dish, if it were the steamed it would be even more pungent.
And fyi, by the smell I guess the Taiwanese stand has a more pungent version of the dish (and possibly more delicious) than the neighboring Fujian stand. But on your next visit, you be the judge. Unfortunately the signs for this dish are written in Chinese characters only, but if you say "cho-dough-foo" they should understand. (sans tones pinyin is choudoufu)
I guess some fermented dishes do surprise many Americans, even though the concept is no different from bleu cheese, but they are truly delicious (and healthy). One example in Japanese cuisine is natto (fermented soybeans). It can be found at some NYC restaurants, and may be considered stinky to some uninitiated, but it tastes great and when you realize this, the stink becomes a nice smell.