A Food Occurrence: Bacon Tofu at Jang Soo Tofu (Korean Tofu & BBQ Restaurant)
There are quite a variety of Asian restaurants in the greater Seattle area, from Japanese to Korean to Chinese and more. The Great Wall Mall is like a microcosm of Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, “the only neighborhood in America where Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Vietnamese and Southeast Asians live and work together, side-by-side,” so it’s only fitting that it is host to one of the best Korean restaurants in the area. Jang Soo Tofu has three locations, this Renton location, Federal Way, and Tacoma; or at least that’s what the cute Cho Dang Tofu character advertises.
The menu is a good assortment of the normal Korean food you’d find, a BBQ option I’ve never tried before, as well as some dishes I’ve only seen at this location / company. I am a big fan of the Budae Jjigae, because what could be better than a Korean soup with kimchi, SPAM, hotdogs, tofu and bacon? Oh, that’s right, a dish with less goodies and a cooler name: Bacon Tofu.
Today was the second time I had Bacon Tofu, and I had to bring my brother along to give it a try. The banchan is a generic variety of kimchi, spicy things, and mild things. The green tea is nice, and after you’ve had your fill of rice, you can pour green tea in the rice bowl for a sort of green tea soup. As a sort of entree, you also receive a whole “yellowfish” (not pictured: we ate much of the body, but left the head intact) that my good friend Kwang Bae points out isn’t Korean, because if it were, it certainly wouldn’t be affordable to serve. Ah, economics.
So, bacon. Since first having Bacon Tofu, I had to study the consistency and quality of bacon at other restaurants and pro-bacon companies. Let me make a confession: I feel that most bacon is overrated. If I’m going to pay over a dollar for extra bacon on a burger, I better sweat bacon for the next few days. Instead, I get burnt cardboard that might be meat I can barely even taste. That’s the bottom rung bacon, I suppose, whereas better quality bacon has a nice crisp and texture to it. This bacon is soft, not deep fried or burnt, and is more like Canadian bacon than American bacon. The tofu is unoffensive tasting and has much of the same texture as the byproduct of liquid scrambled eggs.
Overall, Bacon Tofu is a great quality soup at a good price. For a few dollars more, you can try pronouncing Budae Jjigae and receive more meat and maybe more bacon. Jang Soo Tofu is a good restaurant, and certainly one I’ll go to again, but I’d still recommend South Gate Garden (Nam Dae Mun Garden) first.
As an added bonus, we forgot an item at the restaurant, and when I drove back to retrieve it, the staff were very polite and returned the item without issue. Since I was there, (I added Wolverine to my collection of cute little capsule toys I bought from their arcade,) I figured I’d do a walkabout survey of the restaurants in and around the Great Wall Mall. On a Tuesday night, more than half of the open restaurants were empty. The Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants in the nearby strip mall were half full. Jang Soo Tofu was packed.
Posted on November 7, 2012, in Occurrences, Reviews, Uncategorized and tagged A Food Occurrence, bacon, Bacon Tofu, Budae Jjigae, Cho Dang Tofu, food, Great Wall Mall, Jang Soo Tofu, Kent, korean, restaurant, tofu, yellowfish. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.