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Tofu Village

Posted by Erin Scholz / Reviewed on March 4, 2013 / review policy

Tofu VillageTofu Village- House of Soon Tofu is buried in a strip of similar Korean restaurants on Bloor between Bathurst and Christie, and specializes in (you guessed it) soon tofu soup. Spurred on by a friend that it was one of the best bowls of the stuff in Koreatown, I had to pay a visit. The portion sizes are generous and the prices are fair, but I'm not sure I would choose it again over the other options in the same vicinity.

Tofu VillageWe chose a combination of soon tofu and mixed vegetables with rice (Dol Sot Bibimbap) for $14.95. The soup was the perfect amount of spicy (well, at least for me), and the tofu was light and creamy. It came piping hot (still boiling, actually) to the table and cracking the raw egg into the broth made it even richer.

Tofu VillageFor someone who loves to try little tastes of everything, one of the coolest things about the soup is that it comes with lots of (complimentary) side dishes. Extra tofu with crunchy broccoli, slightly sweet potatoes, sesame oil-scented bean sprouts, and spicy potent kimchi were all delicious additions and fun to mix and match in the soup as well as the rice bowl.

Tofu VillageThe mixed vegetables with rice (Dol Sot Bibimbap) came in a sizzling stone pot and contained carrot, zucchini, shaved radish, shiitake mushrooms, bean sprouts, broccoli, tofu and a raw egg. The crispness of the carrots, zucchini and bean sprouts were a great offset of texture to the mushrooms and tofu. As my dining companion noted, perhaps the best part of the dish is the rice at the bottom that gets the most heat and therefore crisps up and is a delicious crunchy surprise!

Tofu VillageWe also ordered the seafood pancakes ($8.95), which contained shrimp, squid, potatoes, green onion and carrots. These were extremely greasy, and it was difficult to eat much of the dish.

Tofu VillageThe fried pork dumplings ($6.95), on the other hand, were light, crispy and not at all greasy. The filling of minced pork and onions was just the right consistency — not too watery and not too dry.

Tofu VillageWe went for lunch and while there was a steady stream of customers, it wasn't overly busy or loud. They're open until 10:30 p.m. every night so I'm sure it gets a bit more bustling later on. The alcohol options here are limited — they offer a small selection of beer, soju and Korean rice wine. The prices seem to be on par with other nearby Korean restaurants as are the generous portion sizes (we split everything and there was still plenty leftover), but I don't think it's fair to characterize Tofu Village as a standout. The soup is good, yes — but not more so than other places in the neighbourhood.

Photos by Denise McMullin

Discussion

10 Comments

Violet / November 6, 2011 at 04:37 pm
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Just returned from eating at this restaurant. Seemed very clean and the food had amazing flavours. The service was very good and the servers were available and checking on us even though many other patrons were at the restaurant. The prices may not be as low as other places, but I really enjoyed the food/service.
Brandon / March 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm
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Can't comment on their other dishes, but definitely the best soon tofu place I've tried so far!
Lockie / March 4, 2013 at 01:09 pm
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Love that place; I go there every couple of weeks. Spacious, so other patrons don't bump you on their way in and out like an over-crowded night club. The house special has unshelled shrimp that soften in the hot water so you can eat them whole - weird but yum!
hoop / March 4, 2013 at 02:42 pm
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The assorted side dishes (banchan) aren't specific to that soup dish. Virtually every Korean meal is served with them.
ktown / March 4, 2013 at 04:03 pm
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Ate here recently and the soon tofu was good, but I ended up literally chugging 3 cups of tea after, and then asking for water, because I was so uncomfortably thirsty. And I'm the kind of person who thinks nothing of eating a whole family size bag of Lays in one sitting, so I can handle my sodium, but this soup must have have a really intense amount of sodium.

Kimchi was little fast-food tasting - a little too sweet and not spicy enough for me - but the rest of the banchan were good. (Another commenter has already pointed out that this isn't a perk related to the dish or the restaurant; it's standard for Korean meals to come with an assortment of sides.) In general I was surprised that the food wasn't nearly as spicy as I'm used to from other Korean places.

FYI to the writer - the name for that crispy rice is noo-roong-ji. After you mix up your bibimbap, flatten it with your spoon against the walls and base of the bowl to maximize the crispiness.

Overall, I was satisfied with my experience and would go back for more comfort food, but I was not blown away.
jd83 / March 4, 2013 at 05:46 pm
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How much was it just for a bowl of Soon Tofu?

And while Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu has changed a bit over the years (To me anyways). I will always still head there. Though, I'm still willing to try this place out.
ktown replying to a comment from jd83 / March 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm
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Soon tofu was $8 - $10, as I recall.
Andre M. / March 5, 2013 at 01:24 am
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LOVE this place!
thatguy / March 7, 2013 at 01:55 am
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Pathetic vegetarian choices but that's the case pretty much anywhere in Koreatown as far as I can tell. Any suggestions?
eatmeat replying to a comment from thatguy / March 10, 2013 at 03:10 pm
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for every animal you dont eat, ill eat 3

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