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Korean BBQ Tofu House (Oakland)

Robert Lauriston | Jun 8, 200810:26 AM

This is the former Lee's BBQ, the brightly-lit place on the east side of Telegraph near MacArthur BART. Been meaning to try this place since it changed hands, finally got in for lunch yesterday. They're open for breakfast from 7am, close I think at midnight. The hours aren't on the to-go menu/placemat. Friendly but minimal English, the server understood my third request for barley tea.

Nice panchan. I particularly liked the mixed daikon and nappa kimchi, rich and sort of fatty-tasting fish cake, and seaweed in hot sauce.

My friend got the dolsot bibimbob "king 7 vegetables over rice in sizzling stone pot," $12, quite good after a good dose of gochujang (hot sauce). She got a side of soup I forgot to taste.

There are five $7 "morning specials" served until 2pm, three jigaes, a tang, and a gook. I ordered the latter, hae jang gook ("soybean paste soup cooked w/beef & veggie"), because I'd never had one before. (I guess this is the same as the dish usually called yook gae jang.) This was pretty much like a jigae: clear broth flavored with jang (Korean miso), with various vegetables and chunks of oxtail or something like that. Kind of bland and boring, I added a lot of gochujang.

Only a few unusual items on the rest of the menu: several roasted fish (listed under "roasted beef") and a couple of katsu. Prices are mostly $9-13, $15 for fried chicken, around $25 for large shareable meat platters and stews.

Korean BBQ Tofu House
3838 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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