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A Fine Lunch at BCD Tofu


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A Fine Lunch at BCD Tofu

small h | | Aug 25, 2009 07:14 PM

Based on a number of Chowhound recommendations, Lau's & MissNeedle's in particular, my sister & I had lunch today at BCD Tofu and were very pleased. I thought the tofu itself was a little inferior to Cho Dang Gol's, but it's a bit of an apples to oranges comparison since I had a stone rice bowl at Cho Dang Gol, which is mild and allows the flavor of the tofu - such as it is - to emerge. The soup at BCD was spicier (I chose the "regular" spice level), so the tofu got a little lost, except for its texture, which was a little looser than I like it. The broth was just right, and the seafood very good as well, albeit a little skimpy - but for $9.95, I'm not complaining.

The fried fish banchan was excellent, and I liked the cabbage kimchi a lot (although it wouldn't hurt to chop it a little finer). The others were less successful. There was a penne/mayonnaise/ham thing - not too thrilling, reminded me of school lunch macaroni salad. And seaweed with no seasoning to speak of. Also a sweetish radish dish and a grievously oversalted red pepper (I think) kimchi.

It's a nice looking place, with quick and efficient service. We started out hating the strong air conditioning, but once we were head down in the soup, it was a blessing.

One rookie question: we were served the crispy rice scrapings from the stone bowl, in hot water. Are you supposed to do something with this beside just eat it? I just ate it.