This trip to Yunnan brought me closer to Stinky Tou Foo and it was a new romance all over again!!!! Laugh if you want...I think it could be quite hard for a man and a woman to fall in love eating stinky tou foo together. But who knows? Love can manifest itself in so many thousands of ways.
Confucious (Kung Tzi) would say...Don't eat Tou Foo..
Yi Tzi (My name) would say...Eat tou foo and more stinky tou foo - for you then know who your true friends are when you open your mouth and let out the foul odour!!
It is one dish you have to eat by yourself or it can be a dish shared with good friends with a gusto....Caution - you might lose all your friends...
|Ordinary tou foo|
|Mouldy stinky toufoo|
Went to do some research on stinky toufoo and this is what I got...
People who manufacture stinky tou foo need a special starter bacteria to help the fermentation of the tou foo.
Most Chinese would use a special brine known to their own family and pass the recipe from one generation to another. Sometimes the brine contains even meat besides mustard greens and Chinese herbs.
This family recipe for brine may call for a few months of fermentation.
Manufacturers may use something quicker to lower costs of production.
Fresh tofu is marinated in prepared brine for only a day or two, especially for fried or boiled cooking purpose.
According to several sources most production of stinky tou foo do not pass government inspection!!
|close up of the beautiful layers of stinky tou foo|
|Beautiful cottony moulds growing on the stinky tou foo|
In a way many people who love to eat stinky tou foo may have to learn to make their own at home. I don't think places with large Chinese populations will stop making this type of tou foo.
Good chilli sauce for the stinky tou foo :
1 tablespoon of pounded dried chili
1 tablespoon of fermentated tou foo
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tablespoon of good vinegar
Some Lea and Perrin sauce
Juice of three or five limes to give the sauce a good fresh tang!!
Lots of chopped spring onions.
You can add more or less of the above ingredients to your own taste.