West LA: Seoul House of Tofu

banchan

banchan

Recently I checked out the Seoul House of Tofu in West LA. Little Osaka seems to be losing its Japanese flavor as other cuisines join the restaurant row. I prefer to just call it Sawtelle. In one of the venerable strip malls with Hurry Curry of Tokyo and Little Hong Kong Cafe, Seoul House of Tofu is the newest Korean tofu house to hit the street.

steamed beef dumplings

steamed beef dumplings

 

We started out with steamed beef dumplings (mandoo) and the seafood pancake (pajun). I didn’t think these dumplings were made in house but they were fine with a little dab of soy.

seafood pancake

seafood pancake

 

The seafood pancake was very dough-y. I preferred the one at Osek in Pasadena more. Seoul House didn’t have much seafood either. This was sad for our seafood loving souls.

bibimbap

mixing up the bibimbap

 

I opted to get a soon dobu combo with bibimbap. Usually when I do this, I know I will take most of the bibimbap home for the next day. In this respect, it’s a great deal. Since we also had a couple of appetizers, I also took home some of my tofu soup.

The hot stone for the bibimbap didn’t seem nearly hot enough as the raw egg didn’t cook much. Flavor wise, it was fine. Our server was nice enough to mix it up for us and didn’t go overly spicy on me.

bibimbap

bibimbap

 

The bibimbap did make an awesome lunch the next day.

seafood soon dobu

seafood soon dobu

 

What I liked about the tofu soup combos was you could order whichever tofu soup you wanted. Some spots only have one tofu soup to go with the combos. I opted for the seafood one. I didn’t think there was that much tofu but there was enough seafood. I’m still on a hunt for the best soon dobu but I should just go back to Beverly Soon or So Kong Dong — I do like both quite a bit.

BBQ beef ribs

BBQ beef short ribs

 

My friend got the beef short ribs with her tofu soup combo. I didn’t try these but she said they were good.

I have not tried the other tofu house on Sawtelle but that’s what I love about this street. There’s always something new to check out.

Seoul House of Tofu

2101 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064  —  (310) 444-9988

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