By Trevor Price
My personal favourite part of visiting new countries is trying new food. I’m usually willing to try almost anything, so I’m pretty adventurous.
Every once in a while though, you run into a dish that requires an extraordinary amount of bravery or, as I’ve heard it described, stupidity.
What you are seeing in this picture is stinky tofu, and on a recent trip to Hong Kong, I ingested this crazy local street food dish.
For a very long time I’ve walked around Hong Kong and occasionally smelled something so revolting I just began calling it “Hong Kong Smell” and, I’ll be honest, I chalked it up to sewage.
So imagine my surprise when a group of people standing in line behind me at a food stall smelled just like it! We got in a conversation and I learned that all this time it’s been stinky tofu that was the culprit.
Of course, moments later I was paying my 5HKD (about $1 USD) and taking a bite!
The verdict… not that bad! I’ll be back for more next time I’m down in my favourite street food city.
On a related note, the Michelin Guide to Restaurants, if you’re not familiar with it, is a listing of the greatest restaurants in the world. I have no idea how they decide, but recently they released a Michelin guide to Hong Kong street food. I still have a few to visit, but maybe I’ll write my own reviews once I’ve finished them.