Night markets rank up there on the tourist list of things to do in Taiwan.  For good reason- CHEAP DELICIOUS FOOD.  The Shilin market is the big draw, but in every neighborhood you can find tiny temporary stalls filled with noodles, fresh vegetables and sizzling hot meat skewers.

Shilin Night Market

Shilin Night Market

Night Maket in Taiwan

Night Maket in Taiwan

You wander around, starving, drooling over the huge selection of food in front of you, getting ready to settle in for a magnificent meal and then – BAM. The nauseating smell of over-ripe human feces hits you. Stinky Tofu.

This smell haunted us as we traveled through China and horror upon horrors, it’s even more popular in Taiwan. People told us, “It’s just like blue cheese.  Just try it! It smells a little offensive but tastes delicious.”

What cruel words. Not only do I not have access to any of the world’s delicious cheeses, but I was encouraged to actually put the tofu into my mouth.

I dearly wish that you had a scratch and sniff screen, because nothing can adequately describe how utterly obnoxious, odious and offensive this small square of fermented bean curd actually is. And it tastes worse than it smells.

Eating Stinky Tofu is now on our list of “things that we can’t believe we tried and will never do that again.”

The taste is so utterly foul

The taste is so utterly foul