House of Tofu Soup (Richmond)- Total Comfort Food :)

House
of Tofu Soup
is a Korean tofu hot pot
restaurant that previously had only one location in Coquitlam. They have
expanded and now the second location is in Richmond! It is in the same complex
as Thai Son (the Pho restaurant).

From
the outside, it looks like a small quaint restaurant, but the inside is nothing
like that O.O. The restaurant is actually really big and the interior is very
spacious and modern.

Another
visually stunning menu! Score!
Ahem… anyways. They specialize in tofu hot
pot (wouldn’t have guessed right?  :P) and you get to choose between 7 choices of meat or veggies. Then you choose
your level of spiciness.  The tofu hot
pot comes with a large bowl of rice and a raw egg for you to
crack into the hot pot.

Their
Soup Combination looked like a good
value because you get a tofu hot pot plus a choice of Bulgoghi for $15.

Meta
Knight and I wanted to get so many things from the Special Dish menu (don’t
they all look scrumptious?!) but we resisted and said we’ll come back for it
next time. 😛

As
with most Korean restaurants, you are given a bunch of little side dishes
before your meal and this place was no exception. First came the
Pickled Onions and Radish (?).

The Kimchi tasted great.

This
looked like ice-cream but it turned out to be
Mashed Potato Salad.

We dipped the mashed potato into this sauce. It tasted absolutely delicious together!


Tangy Seaweed… yum!

They
gave us some complimentary
Pumpkin Soup.
It was not bad but we both found it a bit too thick and gloppy.

Here
is the raw egg for the hot pot.

We
ordered the
Fried Dumplings ($4.99) to
start because
Cute Pig recommended this dish on her post. These dumplings were
delicious! The skin was as thin as paper which made them extremely crispy when
fried. For five bucks, these are a steal!

These
dumplings are vegetarian though so hungry carnivores might not like them as
much. I do like my meat as well so I hope they come up with a meat filled fried
dumpling in the future!

Meta Knight and I decided to share the Soup Combo consisting
of
Seafood Tofu Hot Pot (regular spicy) and
Beef Bulgoghi ($14.99).
At first he thought we ordered too little for the
both of us, but in the end we were both happily satisfied and had no leftover
food (unlike most tables who order one hot pot per person). 

The “seafood” was actually just shrimp but they do give you a lot of it (7-8 pieces). The shrimp shells were strangely crispy so we
both just ate the shrimp with the shells on LOL. Meta Knight said they probably
fried it first. By the way,
regular spicy
level is not spicy at all.

The Beef Bulgoghi
was plentiful and sat on top of a bed of caramelized onions. It wasn’t AMAZING
beef, but it was good.

After the server scooped out our rice from the stone bowl,
she added tea to it to soften the leftover rice. The tea and rice didn’t taste
very good so I may possibly ask her to skip that next time and I’ll just try to
scrap off the crispy rice myself (since I like crispy hardened rice anyways).
It was cool to try it once though. 😛

Based on these reasons:
  • perfect comfort food for the upcoming winter season
  • great value
  • one of the best Korean restaurants in Richmond
  • service is not great but you come here for the food


Service Rating: 2.5/5
Food Rating: 4/5
Price Rating: $-$$

Overall Rating: 4/5

Happy Eating!



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