Restaurant: Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu
Location: The Annex
Address: 691 Bllor St W
Price Range: ~$10
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
*Specialize in Spicy Tofu Soup
*3 locations in Toronto
*Vegetarian option Avail
This was my 2nd time visiting Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu, the first time was 2 days after I arrived in Toronto and I don't even really remember anything from the visit.
I was actually really looking forward to this restaurant because there is one in New Jersey (US) with the exact same name and that location is just awesome (Click here to see pictures from BukChangDong, NJ).
First of all, this location is nothing like the one I've been to in the States. It's much smaller and they basically have 3 things on their menu, varying from Spicy tofu soup, BiBimBab and BBQ Meat.
I was disappointed with the choices but I guess everything is bigger in the States so I shouldn't complain.
We were served 4 side dishes which consisted of KimChi, Bean Sprouts, Spicy radish and Brown beans. All of the side dishes were decent (decent using my standards for Korean restaurants in Canada), no complaint there.
And then they gave us an egg to put in the Spicy Tofu Soup. It doesn't show up true to size cause of the angle I took the picture, but it was THE tiniest eggs I've ever seen! (where do they get these?)
Ordered: #1 Combination Spicy Tofu Soup 5/5
*Spicy Tofu Soup with beef, shrimp, mussels and Hot Stone Pot Rice for $7.53
*Comes boiling hot in the black stone pot
*They will scoop up the rice from the Hot Stone pot for you in a bowl, and then pour hot water in to Stone pot which will make a type of congee you can enjoy after your meal
*You can control the spiciness (White, Mild, Medium, Regular Spicy and Extra Spicy), I got it Regular Spicy
*Regular Spicy is not spicy at all and I don't really enjoy spicy food to begin with
*When the Tofu soup comes, add in the egg and wait a bit (depending on how you like your eggs cooked)
*It came with a shrimp that was smaller than my pinky and two mussels
*You eat this more for the soup than the ingredients in the soup anyways
*Soup has good flavor and it's really good with the rice
Ordered: #9 BBQ Beef and Hot Stone Pot Rice 3/5
*Bulgogi beef on sizzling hot plate served with Hot Stone Pot Rice for $8.85
*When they first bring this to the table, it's so hot that the sauce will be popping everywhere so be careful
*It's basically BulGoGi (sweet soy sauce marinade) served on hot plate
*Stir fried with carrots and onions
*Beef isn't the best quality and it's kind of overcooked but the marinade makes up for it
*Marinade is a little too sweet but it's ok
Summary: Again, not the best Korean food (which I don't expect anyways) but their food is pretty consistent and you can always depend on them for good spicy tofu soup. But keep in mind that there is nothing else to eat here unless you want the spicy tofu soup. If you want more options, go to other Korean restaurants along the street.