Korean Tofu Soup (soon dubu) in Chicago?
I just moved here and was wondering if there were good places to get soon dubu, which is a Korean tofu soup. Where I lived before (Bay Area, San Diego), the BBQ-focused places often didn't have as good soup as the more soup-oriented places.
I read some good thing about Solga but it seems more BBQ-oriented. Any places specialize in soup? Is Cho Sun Ok good?
I can't attest to it being the best, as it's my only sample, but we went to Sokongdong with a group of friends. We had the 'specialty' of the house, or at least that is what the owners daughter told us. It was tofu and seafood. Tasty. The women had an herbal tofu soup. Looked good too. One of our party had bbq short ribs ... they were tasty too.
The usual 'side dishes' you get at Korean eateries were not bad either. All in all. it was and interesting outing. Not much for ambiance, but the place was filled with Koreans drinking bai jou (sp?) and enjoying their tofu dishes.
Here is a yelp link: http://www.yelp.com/biz/so-gong-dong-...
The best soon dubu in the Chicago area can be found at Cho Jung in Gleview. Their seafood pajeon is also very good. Their banchan, while not the largest selection in town, are extremely fresh. I highly recommend a visit. I do not recommend their BBQ.
952 Harlem Ave
(between Dewes St & Glenview Rd)
Glenview, IL 60025
Cho Sun Ok is also BBQ-oriented (and yes, it is really good!). Chodang Tofu (http://www.yelp.com/biz/chodang-tofu-...) in Mt. Prospect is the best soon dubu restaurant I've been. It's in the NW burbs. Perhaps make that a combo-trip with Woodfield Mall, Ikea, or Mitsuwa.