Q: Hi, Natalie! A friend in town for a conference asks where to find “Stinky Tofu”. Google led us only to restaurants that have closed. Any ideas? Thanks! Please text to me.
A: That’s a serious foodie request, even some Chinese can’t stand (like my granddaddy–the house had to be aired out before he came home from work) In Taiwan, stinky tofu stands are banished to market corner booths, no one wants to be downwind!). Curious, was it an Asian or non-Asian request? If non-Asian, give them a medal (and an Altoid)!
Funny how trends are. Maligned one decade; foodie hot the next! But it is cheaper to eat as an early adopter…Grits for $8?! Fried Chicken for $20? GPS me to the nearest Waffle House, please. My grandma turned in her grave after seeing pig ear shavings on the latest chef menus.
Sorry, I digress–try Ping’s Place Snack Bar for stinky tofu. Address: 2300 Pleasant Hill Rd, # B-6, Duluth, GA 30096, in the Great Wall of China supermarket, telephone: 404-819-3288 . They don’t always have everything on menu but that’s the best bet, and I did eat stinky tofu there last year.
*Special Chinese New Year Cultural Dinner* hosted by Natalie & Margaret Keng!
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Looking for something unique, tasty and culturally inspiring to help you celebrate Asia’s biggest holiday of the year? Not in the mood to fight crowds, eat standing up or hear long speeches?
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Thur, Feb 28, 7pm: Fun Sushi! www.funsushi.bpt.me
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Actually, White Windmill Cafe is much better and more ! It offers a wonderful, diverse variety of baked items, snacks and hot or cold beverages. I hear that some snacks and cakes are better than others and that the bubble tea is not the best, but I think the fun part is trying different things on each visit. I like the fact that most Asian pastries and cakes are a lot less sweet. You can read specific reviews and tips from visitors.
I enjoy the atmosphere and I’m usually there with good friends, family or even business colleagues so for me, it’s not just about the food.
A few of my favorites:
* Hot green latte (very chic)
* Green tea buns and cakes
* Almond and coconut cookie crisps (can’t eat just one)
* Fresh fruit smoothies (mango, kiwi or mixed with peach)
* Sweet Potato Pastry (can’t remember exact name but very good!)
* Sticky Rice Red Bean Buns
On Buford Highway, just outside I-285, next to big Tower Liquor store. Enjoy!