Ji Stinky Tofu Restaurant
Words and photos by Amelie
Translated by Ann Lee
117-7, WuFu 3rd Rd, LingYa District,
4 pm-11 pm
When night rolls around at Fu Ji Chou
Dou Fu (stinky tofu), it is typical to see this tasteful
restaurant packed with customers. Located on WuFu Road
next to the army center, Fuji provides a comfortable,
Chinese-style environment that is unlike the impression
that most people have of stinky tofu shops.
Stinky tofu might not always look too
appealing, but it has a reputation as a well-loved,
traditional Taiwanese snack. Owners Mr. and Mrs. Ji
insist on picking out only the freshest tofu which is
made daily. Also, because of Fuji's attention to quality,
all dishes are limited to a certain number of servings
every day. If they run out of a dish you want, you'll
just have to come back again.
The Jis have created many different
dishes, including the usual crispy stinky tofu, which
is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and
served with pickled vegetables and fresh basil leaves.
Another popular dish at Fuji is the Smelly Tofu Roll.
These hand-made bean wraps are rolled then fried. Another
unique dish is the Shrimp & Stinky Tofu Dumpling.
However, if you love the smell of the stinky tofu, then
try the Steamed Stinky Tofu—this pungent dish
is marinated with pork and corn, and sprinkled with
green onions. It is a truly remarkable taste not to
be missed. The super-fiery Spicy Hot Pot is made with
medicinal ingredients and fresh chili peppers, which
are also prepared daily. This Spicy Hot Pot is best
eaten with a bowl of plain rice.
Although Fuji's space is small, it is clean and has
speedy service, as well as friendly owners, so their
customers keep coming back. Although you can get take-out
at Fuji, waiting in line for fresh stinky tofu will
certainly be worth it!