Although 88 Tofu House is hailed by many as the spot for soon dubu, Cho Dang Tofu's version of the Korean tofu stew served in a heated stone bowl is just as good, and its atmosphere much calmer. Communication with the staff can be a bit wooly at times, but do not fear -- the menu is simple as can be. Eleven of the 13 menu items are tofu stew. They vary only by their add-ins -- such as a velvety combination of oysters, shrimp and clams -- and by the level of spiciness you desire, ranging from the chili-free "white" to thermonuclear. Treat yourself to a free cappuccino or soft-serve ice cream from one of the machines stationed by the front door.
The Korean-Chinese menu remains, but try the request-only Szechuan menu. Besides the Husband and Wife Lung, there's Slobber Chicken, and if you’ve always wondered what Mao Tse Tung liked to eat, there's a pork-belly dish named for him.
Forget one-dimensional soups when you are sick. Your body needs a jolt, and a bubbling pot of Korean tofu soup from this tofu house — the kimchee style in particular — is just what the doctor ordered. After a parade of panchan (including one of those little fried fish), the waitress rolls out a cart holding midnight black cast iron bowls perched on tiny wooden coasters. Due to the intense heat of the vessel, the soup bubbles and spurts in front of you — too hot to eat even though you know you want to dive in. Take the time to crack a raw egg into the red liquid and watch it cook while the dish reaches a more manageable temperature. Then dig in to the mounds of silken tofu, zucchini and other vegetables as the red broth burns away all that ails you.
A sunny Korean restaurant with a la carte dining in the front room and charcoal Korean barbecue in the back room. Go for the barbecue. A variety of meats are offered, and the panchan includes a delicious fresh kimchee--salad greens dressed in chili, vinegar and sesame oil.
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