Tofu vs. Tofu

My Tofu House

Tofu Land offers nine other Korean specialties. Pork and potato stew consists of hunks of rib, potato, and spinach in a funky, overwhelmingly licorice-y broth. Our final choice was a tossup: barbecued short ribs, or a-gu jim? We opted for the latter. Our waitress told us we wouldn't like it. As I learned during my first and only foray into the world of Shanghai-style stinking tofu, such warnings should often be heeded. Here, chunks of cod were blanketed with a spaghetti-looking blend of watery chile sauce and soggy bean sprouts. For dessert, we had free slices of orange.

Then, I tallied the results. Décor and prices went to My Tofu House; Tofu Land won service and beverages. Food was a mixed bag: Though I missed the egg from My Tofu House, Tofu Land's combination tofu soup was the most haunting; kimchee went to My Tofu House by the barest of margins; I actually preferred the melon gum at My Tofu House to the orange slices at Tofu Land; however, potato stew and a-gu jim notwithstanding, bi-bim-bap edged the food category -- and the challenge as a whole -- toward Tofu Land. Still, the contest was close enough that the final criterion (my state of mind) would decide it. Though I'd recommend both places, I was feeling it (blame the soju) as I bi-bim-bopped my way out the door of our winner.

My Tofu House: Contestant No. 1 in the New Korean - 
Style Tofu Soup Restaurant Challenge.
Anthony Pidgeon
My Tofu House: Contestant No. 1 in the New Korean - Style Tofu Soup Restaurant Challenge.

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My Tofu House

4627 Geary
San Francisco, CA 94118

Category: Restaurant > Korean

Region: Richmond (Inner)

Details

Where: 4627 Geary (at 11th Avenue)
750-1818.
Open Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Parking: moderately difficult.
Muni: 38. Noise level: moderate.

Tofu salad $3.47
Tofu soup $8.10
Barbecue plate $11.34
Seafood rice bowl $11.34

Tofu Land
708 Vallejo (at Stockton), 391-2007. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations accepted. Not wheelchair accessible. Parking: difficult. Muni: 12, 15, 30, 41, 45. Noise level: low.
Tofu soup $8.95
Bi-bim-bap $9.95
A-gu jim $15.95
Soju $11/bottle

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