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fresh tofu?

edgarallanho May 6, 2012 02:06 PM

No idea where to buy fresh tofu in Los Angeles! In the Bay Area, I always picked up tofu straight from the factory or from specialty tofu stores near my neighborhood, but I really haven't the faintest where to go to pick some up down here. I'm looking for a place that would sell a variety of tofu -- deep fried, noodles, tofu skin -- as well as tofu-based dishes and drinks (soymilk, tofu pudding/douhua). I don't have a preference for Taiwanese or Chinese or Japanese or Korean, and would love to try new kinds of tofu out. Does anybody have any recommendations? Preferably near downtown area, but if you think it's really worth it, I'm always up to venture outside.


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    Johnny L May 6, 2012 02:16 PM

    I think they make their tofu fresh here but I've yet to try it:


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    1. re: Johnny L
      Feed_me May 6, 2012 02:37 PM

      I remember reading about this place http://www.meijitofu.com/index.htm years ago in the L.A. Times. Can't vouch for the quality as I've never been to the place. Might have bought some at one of the retail outlets at their website though. Not close to your (the OP's) area though.

      1. re: Feed_me
        la2tokyo May 7, 2012 04:01 PM

        Meiji tofu is great! I highly recommend it! They sell a couple types of tofu, fried tofu, and really good soy milk!

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      happybaker May 6, 2012 04:16 PM

      Not near downtown - but awfully good. He makes his tofu fresh, daily.


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        ebethsdad May 6, 2012 05:03 PM

        Second this recommendation. Its worth the trip.

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          westsidegal May 6, 2012 05:34 PM

          third happybakers's recommendation of vin loi tofu.

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          luckattack May 7, 2012 06:59 AM

          There is also VK in Rosemead/El Monte
          and there is also one that is just a hole in the wall that supplies to most of the Chinese supermarkets in Rosemead off of Garvey but doesn't turn up on any search. Don't remember the name now but is tuck in the back sharing the same plaza as Kim Ky Noodle House.

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          1. re: luckattack
            TonyC May 7, 2012 09:52 AM

            TAN NAM TOFU
            9014 E. Garvey Ave. #J,Rosemead,CA,91770

            Based on tofu flower/soymilk alone I prefer VP over VK/Tai Nam/Thanh Loi.

            Sadly, none of the above are using organic beans. Then again, if they did, half a gal of soymilk wouldn't just be $2.50.

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            will47 May 8, 2012 01:57 PM

            I like VP Tofu (Chinese / Viet place on Garfield, mentioned by a few others in this thread). In addition to soymilk and douhua, they also sell fried tofu (some with filling like bean-thread noodle and wood-ear mushroom) which is really delicious, even with no accompaniment. Definitely also try the douhua and dou jiang (both sweet / salty) at places like Si Hai / Young Ho (Yong He) / Huge Tree.

            Musha's "fresh tofu" dish is really delicious in my opinion. It has kind of a cottage cheese consistency, and is served with some simple seasoning (soy sauce, salt, bonito flakes, ginger), all served on the side, so that you can appreciate it with very little seasoning.

            1. Mr Taster May 8, 2012 03:05 PM

              All manner of tofu available at Chung Seng tofu factory in Walnut. (Taiwanese) Stinky tofu, preserved tofu, silken tofu, whatever you like. I like snacking on the soy marinated pressed tofu, which they sell in convenient snackable little deli containers.

              And of course there's the venerable Thanh Son Tofu Factory in Garden Grove (Vietnamese).

              Mr Taster

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                Mr Taster May 8, 2012 03:09 PM

                Oh, and no idea if they sell it in alone, but there's house made silken tofu at the Korean soondubu restaurants all over Koreatown (like Beverly and Sokongdong).

                And if you feel like going out to eat it as an entree, there's the silken tofu dish that congeals before your very eyes at Robota Jinya (Japanese).

                Mr Taster

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                  liu May 8, 2012 03:32 PM

                  Agreed! I really enjoyed the make-it-at-your-table version at Robata Jinya...memorable!

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