Since there's no way I can drive to Koreatown and back for my lunch hour whenever I'm in the mood for Korean food, I'm just glad that I have Myung Dong Tofu House located fairly close to where I work.
Although Myung Dong's selling point is supposed to be their soon tofu soup, I actually don't think it's that great. The tofu itself is fine; however, the soup needs more punch and flavor. The first time I had their tofu soup, it tasted a bit watered down to me. The second time, there was a weird tangy metallic after taste which was a little off putting. In either case, their tofu soup needs a lot of work.
Anyway, before every meal, you get a scallion pancake. It' a nice little starter and is a good precursor to the panchan. As for the panchan, I have to say that I've never been disappointed by their panchan. They always have lots of great flavor and the quality of the vegetables they use to make their panchan is excellent. I actually enjoy the panchan more than I have ever enjoyed their soon tofu soup.
I always have to be really hungry whenever I go to Myung Dong Tofu House because there's a lot to their combo meals. Along with the scallion pancake, panchan, tofu soup, there's also a meat or seafood dish.
In the past, I've tried both their kalbi and bulgogi and while the meat is sometimes a little greasy, I never have any trouble finishing off the whole plate. The marinated meat is absolutely delicious. It's pretty hard to resist the hot plate coming to your table with the smells of the grilled meat wafting into your nose.
Other than the tofu soup itself, I've enjoyed my meals at Myung Dong Tofu House and have become a repeat customer. While I wish that that this restaurant was more in par with other Korean restaurants I've been to, I'm just glad that whenever I have that Korean food craving, I have some place close by to take care of it.
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Myung Dong Tofu House
1025 S. Glendora Avenue
West Covina, CA 91790