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Sep 2, 2009 04:22 PM

Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu - A Great Way to Spend $7

I have been wanting to try some of the Korean places on Yonge Street between Sheppard and Finch. So, thank you, Chowhounders, for leading me to Buk Chang.

I had their specialty: a silky tofu stew, served bubbling hot in a steel pot. Sides are purplish mushy rice and a selection of Korean thingys: kim chee, a sweet soybean, a refreshing soybean and sprout salad, and a spicy pickled crunchy thing. I am sorry for my ignorance, but I really don't know much about Korean food. But, I know I like it.

The servers were quite gracious. I was the only white guy in the place. They brought over the tofu stew. The customer is supposed to crack a fresh egg into the soup. I didn't know that. So, I nodded politely and let the server do it. He smirked. I smirked.

The food was very delicious. The tofu was quite soft and velvety. The broth was spicy, and well made. The purplish rice was really quite good. They refilled the various little side dishes without even being asked.

The bill: $7. Oh, plus $1 for a soft drink. I tipped 33%, bringing the total tab to $12 all-in.

Then walked over to Canaan Cakes on Spring Garden. I have been wanting to plug this place for awhile. I love it. They are super-friendly, and serve delicious Korean walnut cakes and other baked goods. A huge bag of walnut cakes is $5. I ate 4 and have 16 left for the family. They come in red bean and custard, and each one has a crunchy walnut baked into the walnutty cake. They are seriously good and seriously addictive. Try them.

What a wonderful city.

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  1. I really like that place. The few things they do they do really well.

    1. Go a few blocks north at Yonge & Cummer and you'll find Traditional Korean restaurant. Their soondobu is much better than buk chang, imo.

      Traditional Korean Restaurant
      6016 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M3V9, CA

      5 Replies
      1. re: aser

        Thanks for the tip. I want to try other Korean places. Can you tell me why TK is better?

        And, can you tell me what other Korean (non-tofu) restos I should try for the best in Korean food?

        1. re: Fwagra

          The depth of flavour in the broth, it's much more complex. The spice levels too are much stronger, I find buk chang have toned down their spice in light of the crossover success. Even when you ask for hot, it is rather mild.

          That strip alone, there are tons, try any of these places. There've been quite a few threads. Oh Geul has a large menu w/ lots of banchan, Sariwon is higher end with better ventilation, Man Doo = dumplings. That's just the tip of the iceberg.

          The link feature has been crippled, couldn't add Seoul House, which is 180 Steeles w. They have charcoal for their bbq.

          Oh Geul Boh Geul
          5320 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5P9, CA

          7388 Yonge St, Vaughan, ON L4J, CA

          Man Doo Hyang
          6068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M3W6, CA

          1. re: Fwagra

            agreed with aser about the depth of flavour in the broth - the difference between TK and BCDST is like homemade chicken soup vs the powdered instant cuppa soup, no comparison! besides, TK serves more side dishes and everything (to my knowledge) is homemade. plus, ifyou like the crusty rice on the bottom of your stone bowl, and can't finish it at the resto, TK packs it for you to take home (on request) whereas BCDST doesnt

            if you like walnut cakes the best in my opinion are to be found at the walnut cake place on the little side street west off Yonge, just south of ManDoo Hyang (at 6068 Yonge) - cant recall the name but the shop is hardly noticeable, faces north and leads you into a clothing store. their cakes are fresh and packed full of filling (red bean, custard)! their shaved ice with red bean topping is very refreshing on a hot day...

            1. re: berbere

              OOOooo! Another bakery to try out...

          2. re: aser


            one of the best soondobus i've had in TO and the bibimbap (seasonal spring variety) was easily the best bibimbap I've had period. Their banchan (side dishes) are very authentic.

          3. Oh... the walnut cakes... om nom nom... custard kind.... nom nom nom. Other places also have potato hodo kwaja. Still. Custard!

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