There is a truly superb soup at the San Mateo branch of Myung Dong Tofu Cabin, says K K. The waitress recommended it to him—she even made a Popeye gesture and told him it would make men very strong. This convinced him, and boy is he glad he caved. The soup is beautiful, a pot with a whole game hen inside, and full of pure, intense poultry and ginseng flavors. There are also chunks of crispy rice cakes, of the sort that you sometimes find in Chinese soups. The game hen meat actually falls off of the bone.

As is the custom in many Korean soup joints, the soup comes undersalted. Salt is provided at the table; use it.

Panchan here is excellent, too.

Myung Dong Tofu Cabin [South Bay]
1484 Halford Avenue, Santa Clara

Myung Dong Tofu Cabin [Peninsula]
In the Marina Supermarket
2968 S. Norfolk Street, San Mateo

Board Links: Superb Korean game hen soup with ginseng–MDTC San Mateo/Foster City

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