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Buk Chang Dong Soon ToFu (North York)

Posted by Staff / Reviewed on June 8, 2011 / review policy

Buk Chang Dong Soon TofuBuk Chang Dong Soon Tofu has two locations in Toronto including one near Bloor and Christie in Koreatown as well as this one in North York. The restaurant is an authentic Korean joint with a menu built around one dish.

Buk Chang Dong Soon TofuThey have nine items listed on their menu and six of these are just variations of sun dubu jjigae (or as they call it soon tofu). Typically I'm overwhelmed by the choices on standard menus but I never have any trouble here.

For those on a budget, it's worth noting that no food dish costs more than $8.85. Your wallet and your stomach will be equally happy with anything you choose.

Buk Chang Dong Soon TofuBuk Chang Dong Soon Tofu's decor is simple and non-assuming. It will never have the ambience of a restaurant that woos potential significant others, but no one can deny that it is always clean, bright, and full of life.

Buk Chang Dong Soon TofuDespite how busy it was on this visit, within 2-3 minutes of placing our orders, the complimentary side dishes were delivered to our table. Korean food isn't Korean food without Kimchi!

Buk Chang Dong Soon TofuAnother five minutes and my mild seafood soon tofu (#3 - $7.08) arrives piping hot and bubbling in a stone bowl with a side of purple hued steamed rice. This dish also comes with a raw egg which should be cracked into the soup right away to allow ample cooking time. (Salmonella = not so much fun). The tofu is silky soft and dissolves with each bite and the soup is rich and chock full of seafoody goodness.

Soon tofus come in choices of white, mild, medium, regular, and extra spicy. No pepto bismol required. Those with more sensitive stomachs can still experience this dish in all its glory without the heat as seen above in my white seafood soon tofu (#3 - $7.08).

Buk Chang Dong Soon TofuThe meal also comes with Noo roong ji which I had to do some digging on. It's a stone bowl with leftover rice which has been allowed to crisp and then bathed with water. The result is a kind of bland thin rice porridge. Appetizing huh? This one is definitely more of an acquired taste.

I personally like to ask them to leave out the water so I can scrape the crispy rice off the sides and sprinkle it into my soup or eat it like a rice chip.

Buk Chang Dong Soon TofuThe two other items on the menu - bibimbap and bulgogi (#9 - $8.85) - are less exciting since they can be found at most Korean restaurants. I feel like ordering one of those would be akin to going to a steakhouse for chicken, but that's just me.

Buk Chang Dong Soon TofuWriting and photos by Min Yang

Discussion

16 Comments

Brandon / June 13, 2011 at 10:14 am
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Haven't tried this location, but the Koreatown one is damn tasty.
onion / June 13, 2011 at 11:43 am
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great, a review based on one dish which isn't even described beyond its temperature and to say that it's available at different levels of spiciness. I love this place, but it's good that I know that already, since this review offered nothing to convince me to try it.
MK / June 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm
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I'm trying to stay positive reading this, but I agree with Onion above. This contributor's review has so little detail, that I must place this post in the awful category.
jd3545 / June 13, 2011 at 02:17 pm
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While places do bulgogi. Not all do it broiled like Buk Chang Dong. Which IMO is some of the best in the city. Unless someone's Umma is making it.

The one on Bloor has been a staple of mine for almost 10 years.

DO 3-4 dishes and do them well!
Jin / June 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm
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I'm not a big fan of Buk Chang Dong. The staffs are rude ans don't speak english. They use too much MSG( I get red spots on my face when consume too much MSG and get super thirsty)
You better eat FAST and get out!! Don't even swallow your food, just inhale!! Other wise you get dirty looks from the counter lady and the staff!!

I really enjoyed my recent visit to Tofu Village in South Korean Town ( FYI : South Korea - bloor and christie, North Korea: Finch and Yonge)
I did ask the owner about MSG and they don't use in their food, no problem communicating in English.
We ordered seafood soon tofu, veggie soon tofu, seafood/ tofu pancake, bibim nang myun( cold noodle with spicy sauce) kalbi and one more dish can't remember the name!! Darn!!
Everything was delish!! You can also choose the levels of spiciness.

Ajuker / June 14, 2011 at 10:44 am
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"The two other items on the menu - bibimbap and bulgogi (#9 - $8.85) - are less exciting since they can be found at most Korean restaurants. I feel like ordering one of those would be akin to going to a steakhouse for chicken, but that's just me."

Buk Chang Dong's bibimbap is easily one of the best in the city. So yeah, that's just you.
Darren replying to a comment from Ajuker / June 14, 2011 at 09:34 pm
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I also like the bibimbap here.
Janet / June 21, 2011 at 02:38 pm
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I wish we could "like" each others' comments, because Jin's note on inhaling your food is frickin hilarious.

That's the way the Koreans do it! Can't savour it, it's too spicy!
Mike / February 11, 2012 at 01:08 pm
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My exchanged student friend from south korea took me to this place and gave me a little taste of authentic korean this place is so good i haven't been to the location in downtown bloor and bathurst but i'm sure their both good. At night they seem packed all the time they say korean people eat the rice stuck on the stone bowls after by pouring water into it as form of appreciation for life and not wasting food.
Connie / February 12, 2012 at 07:44 am
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Yonge / Finch one: ★☆☆☆☆
Bloor street west one: ★★★★☆

I went to the one on Yonge / Finch on Feb 11, 2012 (Sat) about 6:10 pm:
◎ Why I choice Yonge / Finch one?
It’s convenient to my friend to go that area. And I tried the one on the Bloor Street West quite a few times, it’s really good, so I THOUGHT the Yonge / Finch one will be good too.
◎ Why I feel disappointed after meal?
1. Side dish KimChi’s color and the taste are not as fresh as the other place.
2. The lady from the counter really rude and bad attitude (waiters are fine): she tried to push us finished it as soon as possible by the dirty look and even approaching us and asked “are you guys finished?” while my friend still eating as she can see. My friend answered; “no!”. But we don’t have the mood to finish the meal anymore, so we just gave up the meal and left. We only spent about 40 minutes from we sit in to leave that restaurant. You really better eat FAST and get out, especially during the busy hours.
Probably the lady from the counter doesn’t care since she has long line up.
◎ Suggestion
1. Go to the Bloor street west one in the Korean town.
2. If you really have to go Yonge/Finch one and they also treat you like that. NO tips and post it on the web.
jun / April 6, 2012 at 02:07 pm
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Tried this place is so awesome and so easy on the wallet. i tried all their items on the menu and the dumpling soup and bulgogi are my favorite. i come here all the time after hockey practice but it can be quite busy! but it's better to come here than to stuff my face with unhealthy fast foods like mcdonalds. great place!
Enka / August 6, 2012 at 04:49 pm
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Love the smooth tofu, but I just wish ajima wouldn't kick us out so soon cuz I'm not even done my meal yet!!!
Gembah / August 7, 2012 at 11:20 am
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WTF: "You really better eat FAST and get out, especially during the busy hours." This is stupid. You lose us as customers. We'd like to see that lady behind the counter choke on her own words. Pay money to see it, too. People like that should be in another business.
Madi / October 15, 2012 at 01:17 am
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This review is for the North York location only. As a first time customer there, this was my experience:

Went there with a Japanese friend on a Sunday night, and even though we were seated right away, the waiters and the staff at the counter did not even attend to us and kept ignoring us (did not hand us the menus even). 15 minutes later (we were trying to be patient with them), they attend to and give menus right away to a Korean group that just walks in after us.

My friend and I did not even bother to stay after that. Left the joint right away. I don't even need to express my thoughts here. Pretty self-explanatory. Sorry, I cannot judge the food, but the service and respect we got? ..., pretty F****** retarded. I'm open to trying their other location but this one, never again.
maria / August 30, 2013 at 10:41 pm
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I love their bulgogi and kimchi tofu soup! It's so satisfying and such a steal! I usually get the kimchi tofu, a hite or a cdn beer and I share a pan of bulgogi with my friend. Can't say no to their bulgogi - marinated just the way I like it!
goldenkiwi / January 28, 2014 at 07:01 pm
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The first time they poured tea/water into my stone bowl of leftover rice, I thought it was a broth, which would've been really delicious. What it actually was tasted like something my parents or grandparents would really enjoy...I didn't, really. But I did drink the water. It was best rice-flavoured tea ever.

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