Monday, May 21, 2012

As soon as we landed, we were then driven straight to Zhongli night market.



Visiting a night market is definitely one of the best ways to get a glimpse of local culture in Taiwan and, of course, to have a bite of authentic Taiwanese food.






As we walked along in the hustle and bustle of the night market, the pungent smell of stinky tofu (a delicacy in Taiwan) hit me in the face! Well, it's the same love or hate relationship most people have with durian; you can smell this popular fermented tofu a mile away and find it everywhere.


Southeast Asians have their durian, but the Taiwanese insist on stinky tofu when it comes to scarfing something truly fetid. Some Taiwanese people that love stinky tofu will stay away from durian and Malaysian that love durian will stay away from stinky tofu.

It smells bad, but it's no monkey brains, and being a non-lover of bean curd (Japanese tofu is the only tofu I eat) myself, I took up the challenge and tried it anyway! I thought, "How bad could this be?"

#9 Stinky tofu (NT$ 50)

In Taiwan, stinky tofu is usually served fried, dipped in a savory sauce and eaten with pickled cabbage.

After sampling it... pretty bad, is the answer. Smiley

Stinky tofu does indeed live up to its name! I'll never get used to the smell and with that, I'm destined never again for stinky tofu.

The Taiwanese say that the stinkier the tofu is, the more delicious it is.

#10 Stinky tofu @ Liouhe Night Market, Kaohsiung

#11 Stinky tofu @ Fengjia Night Market, Taichung

Our tour guide kept saying, "You guys MUST try the stinky tofu here!"

#12 People queued up to buy stinky tofu.

While I wanted to say I loved it, the truth is I can't imagine having it again!

However, millions love stinky tofu. Try it; you could be one of them. Even if you don't like it, at least you have merited a few bragging rights.

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