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Where's the best Korean tofu restaurant in the South Bay?

Paul S. | Jan 7, 2006 08:48 PM

Where's the best Korean tofu restaurant in the South Bay?

How would you even determine? Is there a signature dish with which one compares one restaurant to another?

My old favorite is the place next to the bowling alley at Torrance and Hawthorne. I keep returning to it.

I've tried Lee's tofu soup in Tozai plaza. It's equally as good, I'd say. They have specials too (which I've not tried) which might them an even better

In my opinion, and after only one visit, BCD Tofu House is not as good as the above two. BCD is a chain operation. One big benefit maybe is that for us in the South Bay looking for late-night places, the Western Ave. operation is open 24 hrs.

Have also tried Um's on Artesia in Gardena. Been a while. I'll have to go back.

I am NOT a tofu soup expert though. Don't even know what these dishes are properly called - casseroles or 'soon' or soups? Happened to spot Tofu Roll BBQ by Smart&Final in Gardena on Artesia near Normandie. Name hits food words I like - tofu - roll - bbq. So I stopped in. (After waiting in line for 30 minutes at Beard Papa's in the Japanese market next door. My first time for these desserts. I'm looking forward to sampling regular (vanilla) and the weekly special (strawberry) tonight. Yumm (I hope!))

Anyway, this tofu place impresses with a modern curvy bar (food bar). I tried the gyoza tofu @$7.50, and it seemed pretty good to me: That got me wondering about these types of places.

And I recall that Merrill Shindler has a review out now for Mogaboka at 2271 W. Lomita. He rates it "2". I've not tried the place.

How about a few more ideas or comments. Thanks.

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