To Earn His Crown, Germany’s Tofu King Had to Overcome Sausage and the Slammer

The country once arrested purveyors of meat alternatives.

BY DIANA HUBBELLFEBRUARY 25, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A tofu king in his domain. MARCUS SIMAITIS/LAIF/REDUX PICTURES

ONE EVENING IN 1983, A pair of local police officers in the German city of Siegburg stopped by an old butcher shop to investigate reports of suspicious activity. Inside, they found three slightly scruffy twentysomethings with kilos of contraband. Bernd Drosihn, the ringleader, tried to object, but the officers confiscated the offending substances. After a stern reprimand, they handed over a letter announcing a preliminary investigation into the crime: making “Torfu.”

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