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Old 09-24-2005, 06:26 PM   #1
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Stinky Tofu!!

Has anyone tried it before?
Here is a safe link about the stuff. Sounds HORRIBLE!

http://www.eatingchina.com/articles/art-stinky.html

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Old 09-24-2005, 07:13 PM   #2
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You can certainly find 'em Sush.

Have never tried this, but deep fried tofu is still pretty bland but good to add to Asian chilli dishes.

I'm really interested to see if anyone can enlighten us to this interesting dish. I'd definitely give it a go.
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Old 09-24-2005, 07:22 PM   #3
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Brooksy you have some big chestnuts!
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Old 09-24-2005, 08:09 PM   #4
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Brooksy you have some big chestnuts!
(You've been peekin' again.....)

I'll try anything............. once.

If anyone can supply a recipe for the brine & the procedure, I'll certainly give it a go. Haven't given the neighbours grief for a while.
Take the deep fryer up the back corner of the yard & let 'er rip.

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Old 09-24-2005, 08:31 PM   #5
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Here's an extract:

To make modern stinky tofu, fresh tofu marinates for a couple of hours in a brine of vegetables, tofu and dried shrimp that has been fermenting for six months or more. Correctly made, the brine produces a unique rather lacy texture in the tofu, and the insides taste mild and custardy. The typical open fermentation methods allow for easy contamination of the developing brine. Impatient venders have been arrested for faking stinky tofu by adding gunpowder, rotten fish and other inedible additions to their brine.

Once it has been correctly fermented, the stinky tofu is cut into bite-size squares for cooking. The tofu may be steamed but is most commonly deep fried. A typical dish would be deep-fried squares of the fragrant tofu drizzled with black vinegar, with chopped black beans and kimchi sprinkled over the top. Connoisseurs of stinky tofu say the magic is in the topping, which is made of soy sauce, vinegar and chili oil. If you get the opportunity, try mixing these four sauces into your own blend: soy sauce, garlic and radish pastes and chili oil.

Stinky tofu is a popular study topic among Chinese chemistry students. Tsinghua University's bio-science research lab examined a sample of Dai's stinky tofu and discovered more than 15 kinds of active bacteria swimming around in it, similar to the types of colonization found in yogurt.

Twenty-one aromatic chemical compounds have been identified in deep-fried traditional stinky tofu samples collected in Hong Kong. compounds were found. Aldehydes (9) were the major chemical class in which the saturated (8) compounds dominated. Only one unsaturated aldehyde was found. Other classes included alcohols (5), acids (4), furans (2) and ketone (1). The scientists state,"... aroma values of decanal, 1-butanol, pentanoic acid and hexanoic acid were among the highest. They generally possess unpleasant, medicinal, putrid, fecal and rancid odors."
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DS you're funny! I would have to be assured, before I tried it, it wasn't the stuff made with gunpowder and rotten fish! And I still may not try it even then.
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Its fermanted in decaying vegis and shrimp. Im open.... but not THAT open! Alas, 1000s of asian folks eat it daily. I think I rather eat sushi that is deadly.
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Its fermanted in decaying vegis and shrimp. Im open.... but not THAT open! Alas, 1000s of asian folks eat it daily. I think I rather eat sushi that is deadly.
Fair dinkum Sushi you make me laugh.
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Old 09-24-2005, 09:09 PM   #9
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o psh fried is semi good. but the best is in taiwan yup taiwan's specialty and it really doesn't smell. i have some pics of it. but the best is probably the spiciest things youll ever eat. Its the tofu (not fried) in this really hot hot hot hot soup. and can be put in with duck's blood. its sooo good.
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