Buk Chang Dong Soon To Fu
One of my favourite places in Toronto to dig into a big bowl of Dolsot Bibimbap is the basic but always busy Buk Chang Dong Soon To Fu in Koreatown.
Dolsot Bibimbap is one of the perfect antidotes for the winter blahs. While traditionally served with beef, I opt for the "veggie" which comes with mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, sprouts and other vegetables, as well as a fried egg all served on top of a bed of rice in a hot stone bowl. Unlike some other places in the city, the bowl is decidedly hot which means the rice will develop a tasty, crispy if not slightly oily crust.
Along with the Bibimbap comes an unlimited supply of free tea and an assortment of traditional Korean favourites such as pickled bean sprouts, kimchee, daikon and sweet dried soybeans.
For the uninitiated, Buk Chang Dong Soon To Fu might seem like a bit of a hole in the wall with a limited menu, but I've been going here for years and still haven't found a more popular Korean joint in the city. The service is fast and friendly and the food is great value. My only, um, beef is that they don't serve a version of this dish with cooked tofu. They'll happily add un-cooked tofu but that's not an option I'd recommend.
Buk Chang Dong Soon To Fu, 691 Bloor St. W. (at Clinton), 416-537-0972