House of Tofu Soup (Richmond)- Total Comfort Food :) ~ Eating With Kirby

5 November 2011

House of Tofu Soup (Richmond)- Total Comfort Food :)

House of Tofu Soup is a Korean tofu hot pot restaurant that previously had only one location in Coquitlam. They have expanded and now the second location is in Richmond! It is in the same complex as Thai Son (the Pho restaurant).

From the outside, it looks like a small quaint restaurant, but the inside is nothing like that O.O. The restaurant is actually really big and the interior is very spacious and modern.

Another visually stunning menu! Score! Ahem... anyways. They specialize in tofu hot pot (wouldn’t have guessed right?  :P) and you get to choose between 7 choices of meat or veggies. Then you choose your level of spiciness.  The tofu hot pot comes with a large bowl of rice and a raw egg for you to crack into the hot pot.

Their Soup Combination looked like a good value because you get a tofu hot pot plus a choice of Bulgoghi for $15.

Meta Knight and I wanted to get so many things from the Special Dish menu (don’t they all look scrumptious?!) but we resisted and said we’ll come back for it next time. :P

As with most Korean restaurants, you are given a bunch of little side dishes before your meal and this place was no exception. First came the Pickled Onions and Radish (?).

The Kimchi tasted great.

This looked like ice-cream but it turned out to be Mashed Potato Salad.

We dipped the mashed potato into this sauce. It tasted absolutely delicious together!

Tangy Seaweed... yum!

They gave us some complimentary Pumpkin Soup. It was not bad but we both found it a bit too thick and gloppy.

Here is the raw egg for the hot pot.

We ordered the Fried Dumplings ($4.99) to start because Cute Pig recommended this dish on her post. These dumplings were delicious! The skin was as thin as paper which made them extremely crispy when fried. For five bucks, these are a steal!

These dumplings are vegetarian though so hungry carnivores might not like them as much. I do like my meat as well so I hope they come up with a meat filled fried dumpling in the future!

Meta Knight and I decided to share the Soup Combo consisting of Seafood Tofu Hot Pot (regular spicy) and Beef Bulgoghi ($14.99). At first he thought we ordered too little for the both of us, but in the end we were both happily satisfied and had no leftover food (unlike most tables who order one hot pot per person). 

The “seafood” was actually just shrimp but they do give you a lot of it (7-8 pieces). The shrimp shells were strangely crispy so we both just ate the shrimp with the shells on LOL. Meta Knight said they probably fried it first. By the way, regular spicy level is not spicy at all.

The Beef Bulgoghi was plentiful and sat on top of a bed of caramelized onions. It wasn’t AMAZING beef, but it was good.

After the server scooped out our rice from the stone bowl, she added tea to it to soften the leftover rice. The tea and rice didn’t taste very good so I may possibly ask her to skip that next time and I’ll just try to scrap off the crispy rice myself (since I like crispy hardened rice anyways). It was cool to try it once though. :P

Based on these reasons:
  • perfect comfort food for the upcoming winter season
  • great value
  • one of the best Korean restaurants in Richmond
  • service is not great but you come here for the food

Service Rating: 2.5/5
Food Rating: 4/5
Price Rating: $-$$

Overall Rating: 4/5

Happy Eating!

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