What’s better than a bowl of noodles on a cold day? Tofu Soup!
House of Tofu is a Korean restaurant in Burquitlam that specializes in soft tofu stew (Soon Du Bu Jigae). They’ve been in business for over a decade at the same spot and they’re consistently busy regardless of the day of the week! The restaurant is located on North Road with a small parking lot at the front shared with other small businesses. If the lot is full (which usually is), you can easily park at the main plaza below and walk up to the street level. Alternatively, you can make the drive further down North Road and park at their underground lot as well.
I like to visit this place once in a while with the boyfriend as we both love the combination of soup and rice. Also brings back good memories of us coming here during our early “dating” phase 😉
Don’t expect much service here, but they are efficient at what they do. We were promptly seated and served tea that came with an uncovered metal jug. I would have preferred a jug with lid to prevent the tea from getting cold. The roasted rice tea was nice and strong.
When I come here with the boyfriend, we usually get our own tofu soup with no appetizers, but we decided to change it up that night and share the tofu soup combo and seafood pancake. If you’re not feeling their special stews, they also serve other favourites like bibimbap, fried dumpling, and jap chae.
Banchan (complimentary) I’m not much of a fan of their banchan compared to other Korean restaurants as they’re quite uninspiring and rather boring. Nevertheless, they were nice to nibble on while we waited for our food to come.
Tofu Soup with Pork + Beef Bulgogi ($17.49) All soups arrive at a vigorous boil in stone bowls accompanied with a bowl of steamed rice. They have many variations available that come with a raw egg for you to crack at your leisure – Pork, Beef, Seafood, Mix, Kimchi, Dumpling, and Mushroom . You can customize your soup bowls by spice level ranging from white (no spicy), mild, regular, hot, and extra hot. The stew was very flavourful with plenty of pork and tofu with a good amount of kick.
In Korean tradition, hot roasted barley tea is poured into the rice bowls when the meal comes to an end as an after-dinner digestive drink. However, the ladies here just pour it on the spot after your food is served to keep up with the traffic here. I’m not a big fan of the roasted tea and charred rice as it is an acquired taste. Plus, it was cold by the time I got around to it . 😦
Beef Bulgogi had a very nice marinade and had plenty of marbling – a sign of good quality meat. The cuts of meat were nice and tender and well-cooked!
Seafood Pancake ($17.99). As much as the both of us love the seafood pancake here, we rarely order it because it’s almost always just the two of us and the portion size is huge (think 8” pizza)! Out of all the seafood pancakes I’ve sampled so far, the one here is by far my favourite place for seafood pancake. The exterior was nice and crispy and had the perfect brown with plentiful of shrimp, octopus, and green onion on the inside.
If you’re ever craving something hot for a cold night, try out tofu soup!
1-4563 North Road
Contact: (604) 420-5254