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Favorite Soontofu in Koreatown?

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I'm sure this will inspire quite a few friendly disagreements, but I'm looking for suggestions. One member of our party is a vegetarian so I'd need a place that has a veggie only version.

Thanks.

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  1. Beverly Soon Tofu and Sokongdong face each other across Olympic Blvd. at New Hampshire Ave. (one block west of Vermont). Sokongdong has the raw crab panchan but Beverly is just a smidgen better.

    I'm not sure if either does a vegetarian version but tell them that your friend is Buddhist.

    1. I've been going to Beverly Soon Tofu for ages (since it was written up by Jonathan Gold 10+ years ago). It's still as good as ever. In addition to the food, I enjoy the unusual burlwood furniture in there, too.

      I'm pretty sure that the broth isn't vegetarian, but you can ask.

      1. I went to Beverly Soon Tofu a couple of weeks ago. It was very tasty; however, I felt the telltale signs of MSG afterwards. I assume that is why it was so tasty.

        In addition, if you are going there, the sign in front does not exactly say "Beverly Soon Tofu", I believe it only says "Beverly Tofu Restuarant" and the "Soon" is missing. I wasn't certain I was at the right place.

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        1. re: peterx

          What's funny is I've never noticed it -- it says μˆœλ‘λΆ€ on the sign in Korean and so I always assumed the official name was "Beverly Soon Dubu" or "Beverly Soon Tofu".

        2. the BCD chain claims to have a veggie version but I don't know if the broth is vegetarian as well

          1. sokongdong for the win!

            1. Just went to Sokongdong last week to beat the ridiculous cold weather, and it totally did the trick. Also love their panchan; kimchee is the perfect balance of sweet & hot.

              By the way, Soot Bull Jeep serves a hotpot that they put on the charcoal pit, and it was awesome. Really deep frothy red broth complemented by the smoky charcoal.