RE: Real Chinese food-Chou Dofu
I'm Chinese, but I don't eat fermented beancurd. My parents have, on occasion though, and I agree...the smell is something else. But like someone mentioned earlier, I don't think it's any worse than some of the stinkier cheeses, it just depends on what a person's used to eating.
Definitely agree about roadfood and SE Asia. My family is from Malaysia, it is roadfood heaven! The best food is from hawker stalls--fresh, wonderful, and incredibly cheap. My husband and I went back in 2003, and I still drool over the food: huge plates of spicy crab, steamed bbq pork buns, stick after stick of satay with peanut sauce, spicy noodles with bean sprouts, shrimp and cockles, rich curry coconut noodle soups... Honestly, people should go for the food alone, if they ever get an opportunity.