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Favorite Tofu Dishes?

Clyde Dec 8, 2010 02:28 PM

Where can I find some outstanding Tofu dishes in the LA area? I love the Eat Phamish truck's tofu- it's unlike any i've ever had. i LOVE the tofu at GO VEGGIE, they marinate it with garlic, soy sauce, and lemon juice however it's too far. i'm looking for suggestions that are more than just tofu and green curry from thai restaurants. Thanks!

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    PomsMoms Dec 10, 2010 12:09 AM

    The supreme soft tofu at Meiji Tofu in Gardena comes in a container....if one calls the container a "dish" and just eats it with a spoon, does it count? :D (It's so fresh and yummy!)

    Meiji Tofu
    16440 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA

    1. J.L. Dec 8, 2010 09:52 PM

      Tofu flower ("dough hua") at Sea Harbor for dim sum.

      Homemade tofu with freshly grated wasabi at Mori Sushi (just had that as part of the omakase tonight!).

      Mori Sushi
      11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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      1. re: J.L.
        ipsedixit Dec 9, 2010 09:08 AM

        If you like tofu flower, get thee quickly to VP Tofu. Their bowl of tofu flower is so soft and sikly smooth you would swear you're eating ginger-almond flavored mounds of cumulonimbus clouds.

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          J.L. Dec 9, 2010 09:28 AM

          Thanks for the 411!! I'll head on over there stat. Where is it? (yes, I too, can Google, but I'm lazy)

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            ipsedixit Dec 9, 2010 09:48 AM

            237 South Garfield Ave
            Monterey Park
            (626) 572-9930

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            will47 Dec 9, 2010 09:52 AM

            And on weekends, at least, they have a pandan flavored one, served with coconut milk as well as the ginger syrup. Really delicious.

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              taiwanesesmalleats Dec 9, 2010 10:25 AM

              ipse, how would you compare the various soy offerings, (tofu, do hua and do jiang) of VP Tofu vs VK Foods in El Monte? I only ask because the parents usually head to VK Foods. Just wondering if I should subtly suggest another location if the products are superior.

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                ipsedixit Dec 9, 2010 02:11 PM

                I think VP is better than VK. Why?

                1. It's more consistent. Both VP and VK make their soy products in-house, but for some reason VP has a steadier hand and their stuff is consistently, light, delicate and silky smooth like the finest cashmere taken from the supple underbelly of the fattest Kashmir goat you can round up in northern Mongolia.

                2. Syrup. VK's syrup is a bit too sweet, sometimes. The syrup at VP is more floral and complex, blending what I believe are hints of ginger with (what I swear) is cardamom and maybe some allspice. Good stuff.

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                  taiwanesesmalleats Dec 9, 2010 02:28 PM

                  Thanks for the info; duly noted.

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                    J.L. Dec 9, 2010 03:40 PM

                    Having actually touched the supple underbelly of a fattened Kashmir goat in Mongolia, I have to say... Damn! that's a pretty big claim.

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                      ipsedixit Dec 9, 2010 05:13 PM

                      It feels even better on the tongue ... the tofu, that is, not the underbelly, although one never knows for sure ...

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              Robert Thornton Dec 8, 2010 08:38 PM

              I like the abalone tofu at Sea Harbour's dim sum.

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                sushigirlie Dec 8, 2010 07:27 PM

                Here's another one: the "La Lot Chay" at China Beach in Venice. This is my favorite dish on the menu. La lot is a kind of leaf. The La lot leaves are wrapped around vegetarian ham and you dip them in fish sauce (or vegetarian fish sauce). This is delish!

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                  ns1 Dec 8, 2010 06:58 PM

                  tofu cylinders @ Elite dim sum

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                    jblee Dec 8, 2010 04:47 PM

                    In Redondo Beach, Izakaya Bincho has excellent "Agedashi Tofu" and "Ricotta cheese tofu."

                    Izakaya Bincho
                    112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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                      sushigirlie Dec 8, 2010 03:23 PM

                      The best tofu dishes, IMO, are in the San Gabriel Valley. There are too many to name. For example, at Mei Long Village (one of the more Westerner friendly restaurants in the SGV, menu link below), try these dishes:

                      Preserved vegetable with bean curd sheet
                      Diced dry bean curd with brocolli stalk


                      At Shanghai Restaurant, try the vegetarian duck. (Mei Long Village may have this terrific classic dish too, but it's not evident from the menu).

                      Try Burmese tofu at Yoma in the SGV. This is actually made from chickpeas, not soybeans, but it's yum.

                      Look for spicy bean curd shreds in the pre-prepared-food bars at Szechuan restaurants in the SGV.

                      Homemade fresh tofu is yum too. One place you can get it is at Mori Sushi in West LA.

                      Tofu cheesecake at Real Food Daily is pretty good.

                      Yoma Restaurant
                      713 E Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA

                      Mei Long Village
                      301 W Valley Blvd Ste 112, San Gabriel, CA 91776

                      1. westsidegal Dec 8, 2010 02:55 PM

                        in venice, go to MAO'S KITCHEN and order MAO'S HOMETOWN made with extra smoked tofu (it will cost a little more to get the smoked tofu added, but it's worth it).

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                        1. re: westsidegal
                          sushigirlie Dec 8, 2010 03:07 PM

                          I agree that dishes with the smoked tofu at Mao's are a good suggestion. My favorites are the coconut curry vegetables with smoked tofu and fried rice with tofu (add cashews for crunch!).

                        2. westsidegal Dec 8, 2010 02:53 PM

                          if you are ever in the valley (reseda), go to vinh loi tofu and get anything on their menu.

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                            running pig Dec 8, 2010 10:15 PM

                            Ditto, so good!

                          2. westsidegal Dec 8, 2010 02:51 PM

                            any of the tofu dishes served at MUSHA in santa monica.
                            they make their own.

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                              Ginger9 Dec 9, 2010 06:38 PM

                              I second Musha! Their tofu is excellent! Try their Soon Tofu with seafood. Not as heavy handed on the spices as the Korean version, but incredibly good!

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                              ns1 Dec 8, 2010 02:30 PM

                              the bean curd dessert @ viet noodle bar is ridiculously awesome. i am not a fan of anything else.

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                                Eastside Eater Dec 8, 2010 02:52 PM

                                I like BCD Tofu House...open 24 hours and they have several locations.
                                Curry House in Little Tokyo. They also have a good Italian/Japanese veggie selection of pastas.
                                Mr. Ramen in Little Toyko has a really good tofu and seaweed salad...also, they have a whole selection of ramen served with veggie broth instead of pork.
                                The Vegen Plate in Studio City is also really good veggie thai.

                                Mr. Ramen
                                341 1/2 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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