West Covina: Myung Dong Tofu House
After traveling, I always want to get a comforting meal. I usually do noodles but Korean tofu soup sounded. It was in between lunch and dinner so we went looking for something open at 4 p.m. Luckily, Myung Dong Tofu House in West Covina was open. It’s in a huge shopping center has a large Asian grocery store with attached food court as well as free-standing restaurants. It would take at least a couple of weeks to eat at every eatery there.
I enjoyed the myriad of bancha (side dishes) and particularly liked the cool and crunchy “noodles.”
I got a seafood tofu soup and kimchi pork combo. My brother opted for dumplings in his soon dobu and bibimbap. I usually get beef and seafood soon dobu but decided to get all seafood thinking I’d get more seafood. There wasn’t much seafood at all. There was one shrimp and a couple of clams. This was even less than the stingiest tofu places I’ve been to. Still, the flavor was good and there was enough tofu.
I was surprised they didn’t give my brother a bowl of rice to go with his soup but perhaps they figured the rice in his bibimbap was enough? In any case, they charged for the extra bowl of rice when I got him one.
I felt the veggies should have been more julienned but my brother seemed to like it. It was also a fairly small bowl of bibimbap.
Although flavorful, the kimchi pork was mostly kimchi. The few pieces of pork seemed to be cut awfully small.
Despite the small complaints, I would go back to Myung more so than Seoul House of Tofu in West LA. If you’re looking for a good soon dobu place in the San Gabriel Valley, my pick is A Ri Rang with their great bibimbap.
Myung Dong Tofu House1025 S Glendora Ave., West Covina, CA 91790 — (626) 338-0414 © The Minty 2014