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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Tofu Village

9889 Bellaire Blvd.
Dun Huang Plaza

We walked by Tofu Village last week and saw a lot of people inside. So this week, instead of Noe or Cafe Laurier, we tried Tofu Village. This Korean restaurant rocks. They decorated with simple elements like wood, oversized pictures of popular singers, and the occasional television. Incredibly, some of the patrons actually sounded Korean.

This is not a Korean BBQ restaurant with large vents going up the ceiling and expensive prices coming down your wallet. Rather, this is a restaurant that prominantly displays bulgogi, a kind of comfort-food type dish in Korea.

We had the tofu soup with clam, shrimp and beef. The kimchee flavor of the soup overwhelmed all other flavors, so it's a good thing we liked the flavor. Too bad they didn't cut down on the tofu. You should also ignore the inclusion of clam and shrimp since those elements added little to the flavor.

For our main course we ordered the very brilliant barbecue shortribs. It comes on a sizzling fajita-platter. The ribs were fantastic. The marinade makes the meat so tender, we didn't need a knife--just our teeth.

Our meal came with kim chee, small marinade potato, blanched greens, and some bean sprounts. Not an overwhelming number of side dishes, but more than enough considering the price of our entire meal... $21. And considering the tastiness of the kim chee, the meal was a bargain.

All meals come with an earthy Korean hot tea. They all end with yogu, a small yogurt-based drink. The service is slow because of the high volume. But the good taste of the beef and kim chee overshadows every flaw.


Anonymous said...

When we went, they ran out of short ribs. We got the other pork dish instead. Then we ordered tofu soup. They also ran out of tofu soup. We tried ordering the crab. The waitress said in her 1 month of working there, they have never had crab. So we got some other tofu soup instead with the bulgogi and cuttlefish.

Soup, pork, and cuttlefish were good. I've had better bugolgi. It tasted like Oma's in Dobie Mall (at UT).

March 11, 2007

Huan said...

The soup is good, but too much tofu. I wish you could have had the short ribs. You might be more enthused about the restaurant.

As for bulgogi, I didn't get it because I had it every day I was in Seoul and am pretty sick of it.

March 11, 2007

chin said...

Same workers who worked at Mu Gong Dong open this place. The fried fish is hella good besides the fish cake side dish.

March 19, 2007

Huan said...

For some reason we didn't get the side fish the first time. We did get it the second time, and it was nice and salty.

March 20, 2007

KARE said...

As a Korean, I have to say, the tofu soup here was average at best. Actually, my tofu soup is better and that is definitely not saying much! There are better tofu soups out there. Try the food court at Komart. It's the last booth as you walk in. The mom and daughter team there cooks up some country-style Korean food that will definitely rock your world! Another option closer to Bellaire is the Hometown (Go-hyang-jip) off of Rogerdale (1/2 block south of Harwin).

April 09, 2007

Huan said...

Thanks for the suggestion Kare. As I've said in previous posts, Korean food isn't something I truly understand.

April 12, 2007

korean said...

the service at this place is horrible!! when i went there were only 2 people taking orders and serving for at least 80 people in the restaurant. 2 more were serving water and 2 more were clearing dishes. It took us 45 minutes to get food, and they gave us the rice like 15 minutes after the soup (of course they were out of fish also). taste is okay but it is not worth the terrible service there. do not recommend at all

May 13, 2007

Anonymous said...

The service is HORRIBLE at this place! Everyone there is slow and rude. One waitress had the nerve to tell me that I ordered the wrong item, and that they wouldn't change it because "it's what I ordered" (I ordered by the menu item number, and I saw her write it down). The food quality is also mediocre and overpriced. Go to Seoul House http://www.seoulhouserestaurant.com/ instead (on Bellaire just east of Wilcrest, tucked in the corner next to the large white Kim Son).

June 25, 2007

meateater said...

I haven't yet tried Tofu Village bc of some of my friend's comments abt the place (bad service). For meat (galbi or bulgoki), everyone needs to try KOREA GARDEN GRILLE across Ocean's Palace on Bellaire. It's a meat buffet!! I went and for only $18 (summer special they said) I ate all the meat, seafood, and side dishes that I wanted-- so fresh! It looks fancy shmancy and ultra clean w/ a modern decor inside but dont worry, they didn't seem to mind my shorts and flipflops. They have like 10 different meats that you choose from and they grill it for you on the spot. Service was impeccable but most important, food was very fresh. I love meat!

June 28, 2007

Jenny said...

i've been there twice now, the last time was 2 days ago. i agree. excellent short ribs, good tofu soup. the bulgogi and sliced ribeye were mediocre. try the kimchee pancake which is served on a sizzling hot skillet, like a comal, so the bottom gets crispy. it's huge. service is terrible, but overall, very happy with this place and the prices.

October 16, 2007


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