Restaurant: Tofu Ya
Location: 2021 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90025. 310-473-2627.
Date: Jan 06, 2011
Cuisine: Korean BBQ & Tofu Soup
Some friends of mine wanted Korean for lunch so I found this Westside place on Zagat (it was the best rated west of the 405 at 23 for food). Boy, is this place a great value! And good to boot. I’m not nearly as experienced a Korean eater as I am at Japanese, but this was certainly very tasty.
The tiny little Sawtelle shop front. Random Thursday afternoon at 12:30 and there was a 20 minute wait. An excellent sign.
The simple menu. Besides the ubiquitous BBQ meats this place seems to specialize in “soft tofu.” I didn’t know it exactly by this name, but this is my favorite kind of tofu. I’ve often gotten this in Japan. Served differently, but the same tofu. We’ll see some of it in a bit.
Not a big joint. Smells like BBQ meat. Yum!
The usual spread of small Korean dishes. Kimchi, sprouts, noodles, spicy marinated cucumbers, marinated tofu, eggs, etc.
The spicy tofu soup. I should have gotten a picture after the bubbles settled down. The soup is filled with lots of “soft tofu,” beef, and various seafood. I ordered it medium spicy and it wasn’t very hot by my standards, pleasant though. The soft tofu is that kind of medium-firm off-white tofu that has a luscious smooth texture.
It comes out sizzling. Click on this picture above to see a video of it going nuts.
Bibimbap. I’ve always liked this dish. Various veggies and meats. You jump the above steamed rice in.
Then add korean red sauce and stir.
Looks like this. Tastes good.
Galbi. Beef ribs, marinated to perfection and BBQed.
Bulgogi. More or less the same thing, but with no bones, and onions. After awhile the onions caramelized. Beef and cooked onions always goes well together. Full as I was, I could have eaten two plates of this stuff.
The tiny prep area.