How can fresh tofu turn into stinky tofu? During the reign of Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty, there was a scholar named Wang Zhihe in Shousi Street, Qianmen, Beijing, who ran a tofu workshop. Once he made too much tofu and got moldy without selling it. He tried to throw salt and chili powder on the moldy tofu and put it in the back yard. One day, when Wang Zhihe went to the back yard to study and enjoy the flowers, he found that the mold on the tofu had disappeared. He felt very strange and tasted mellow and delicious. From now on, stinky tofu is known for its notorious popularity.
What is even more surprising is that Wang Zhihe has also entered the official career due to stinky tofu, and has risen rapidly. One year Wang Zhihe participated in the Shuntianfu Township Examination. When he opened the examination paper, he found it was a question of "getting off the train with good taste". He thought of his own "stinky tofu", and wrote a five-character poem in his own ingenuity, entitled "National Fragrant Stinky Tofu". It is quite well-known that stinky tofu has never been fished for fame since ancient times, and now it has no disguise. The nose is raw and odorous, the entrance is fragrant, and the smell is fragrant and fragrant. The delicacies of the rich are interesting, and the game is poor. If you have a meal, you can enjoy a banquet.
When the examiner saw the answer, he was furious. He reprimanded Wang Zhi he for cynicism and asked him to blame. Zhang Zhidong, the court minister, did not think too much of it. Instead, he dredged up and said, "Everybody tried the title of"Getting off the train with a good taste". Most of the poems were chanting wine, which was uniform and boring. The only thing to do is to smell stinky tofu, and to have different styles. Colleagues Li Ciming and others agree with this proposal. So Wang Zhihe won the title with a poem of stinky tofu, and let Tieling County, Fengtian Prefecture, be promoted to the post of Wei Hui Zhifu in Henan Province. Zhang Zhidong also specially wrote a plaque for Wang Zhihe's stinky tofu shop "Su Tan Fang", and Huang Tifang also sent a plaque "notorious". Stinky tofu has been recognized by the imperial court officials.
Later, the smelly tofu entered the Imperial Palace and became imperial food. The common people of the country are possessed by every family and become a unique flavor snack.