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Fat Sister's Stinky Tofu

Add:115 Pinghai Rd


The stall is at the intersection of Pinghai and Dongpo roads.

Stinky tofu is fermented tofu with a strong odor. It is a popular night-time snack, usually found at night markets or roadside stands, or as a side dish in lunch bars rather than in restaurants.

Fat Sister's is known for making the best stinky tofu in Hangzhou - even well-known food critic Shen Hongfei testifies to this claim.

Around 30 years ago, Fat Sister stood with her pan outside West Lake Cinema, running her small stinky tofu business from 10pm until the early hours of the next day. People remembered her wonderful cooking skills, but didn't remember her real name, which is how over time she has become known simply as Fat Sister.

When the small business began, most of her customers were people going to the cinema, but as her reputation spread, people started to queue up even before she opened the stall at 10pm.

Cooking stinky tofu looks deceptively easy - put the tofu in some oil and fry it. However, the timing, amount of oil and quality of tofu all matter greatly.

Fat Sister makes her own stinky tofu rather than buying it from the market, and her years of experience have allowed her to get the timing just right. Her stinky tofu is crispy outside, tender inside and accords with her slogan "smells smelly, tastes tasty."

Fat Sister's also sells meat and vegetables.