Korean Tofu Sunday March 10th @ 12:00PM

  • March 10, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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“Natural Tofu”, located on 4006 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside NY 11104 (718)[masked]

Remember to move clocks ahead Sat night and check train schedule as you may need to catch the #7 at Queensboro Plaza.

It’s right there, across street from #7 train – 40th Street Station. I will order a variety of dishes including Seafood Korean Pancake and BBQ for us to eat family style. This is NOT a Vegetarian Meal although there will be a lot of veggies and Tofu and some spicy dishes.

 

Soft bean curd, known as soondubu, has become all the rage in Queens, and this Sunnyside café offers it in six variations, partnered with things like kimchi, beef intestine, and mixed vegetables. With a limited menu, this fast-food chain hawks Korean standards at half the cost and in half the time of traditional restaurants. Though you don't get to barbecue the boolkoki yourself (actually, it isn't barbecued at all, but skillet-fried), the sweet and oniony pile is enough for two, especially considering the generous assortment of pan chan that accompanies each entrée.

It takes 20 pounds of beef bones daily to perfect the homemade broth for soondooboo, a spicy Korean soft tofu stew found in Sunnyside, Queens. Chow.com contributing editor Liza deGuia filed the following report.

 

Soondooboo, boiling mini-cauldrons of spicy, silky soft tofu stew, is the specialty at Natural Tofu Restaurant -- a busy, inexpensive, Korean spot in Sunnyside, Queens, complete with kitschy, village-like interiors.

Six varieties of tofu stews are available here from vegetarian, to kimchi, to intestine. I recommend their seafood soft tofu with boiled shrimp, clams, mussels and green onions. You can enjoy the customary side dishes while you wait for your soondooboo to cook.

Into a thick clay pot, the chef adds a spoonful of traditional Korean red pepper paste, a pungent mix of oil, chili powder and chili paste. This is how your heat level is determined. A half spoonful means mild. A whole spoonful means spicy, which is how I order it.

Then, in goes mussels, a handful of raw clams, unpeeled shrimp plus ground scallion. They then add in homemade beef broth and mix it together over a high flame.

After a minute, they stir in soft tofu. When it boils, they add even more, adding it in batches to prevent burning. When the flavors have fully melded together, they top it off with green onions and carefully deliver the dish, bubbling hot, to your table.

If you want it thicker and tastier, that’s what the egg is for. Crack it into the soup without delay and let it cook itself.

The stew has a ton of depth and burns going down from the spice, leaving your nose running and mouth on fire. But it’s a good burn that doesn’t hang around, complimented by the soothing effects of the silky tofu. The mussels, shrimp and clams are perfectly cooked too, adding a brininess and heartiness to every bite.

It's another great reason to love Korean food and well-matched with beer!

Natural Tofu Restaurant is located at 40-06 Queens Boulevard, between 40th and 41st Street in Sunnyside, Queens.

As always this will be Family Style and if you do not show you will be removed from the group. Shared cost +T&T+$2 MU fee. About $20-$25. No guests, only members. After Lunch we hope to walk to Jackson Heights about 3 miles assuming the weather is good.

Sarina

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This is on my chest for two days and I just have to get it out…. Tofu hotpot just doesn’t taste the same without added spices (4 of them to be exact). I feel guilty to convince everyone to go with the minimum spicy possible (very mild) – and the Tofu tasted terrible (my own opinion). No wonder the waiter questioned my request three times – “No spice? Are you sure! Are you sure?”. Now, thinking about it, I feel like an idiot! Certain food just does not taste the same without ethnic flavor. Without the original intended ingredients,(spice) to prepare the meal is just not practical. – lesson learned.

    March 12, 2013

    • Sarina

      I agree with Grace. You are being too hard on yourself. You were concerned about it being too spicy for American tastes. We all learned something and in the future if we go back we will order it more spicy and say that it is not recommended for people who do not like spices..

      March 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Grace and Sarina, thanks for the understanding.... Well, we will just have to do this again with "Mild Spice"....

      March 12, 2013

  • Judith E.

    I really enjoyed the walk after the main meal.

    March 11, 2013

  • Shunan

    Thank you for organizing, Sarina! Sorry I was late but enjoyed everything regardless. It was nice meeting everyone. Thanks to Ruth and George for giving me a ride back!

    March 11, 2013

  • Aurelia S.

    Enjoyed the company of new friends and the walk. My first time eating Tofu--it was OK.

    March 11, 2013

  • George N.

    Terrrific. My thanks to Sarina and Jimmy. It was a place I wouldn't have known to go to. Sorry I couldn't go on the walk.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Sarina for 2nd wonderful day this weekend!!! Can't wait to do that thing in Flushing!!!

    March 10, 2013

  • Grace S.

    The Tofu hotpot is fabulous. It would be even better if it were even hotter. Well worth a trip just to have that. Thank you Sarina, for finding it.

    March 10, 2013

    • Sarina

      We all thank Jimmy as it was he who found and recommended this place!

      March 10, 2013

  • Sarina

    We had 100% attendance and Jimmy took some awesome photos!

    March 10, 2013

  • Sarina

    We had a great day, including the authentic food, fun people and great weather. We also enjoyed a wonderful walk after lunch.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, something came up, i can't make it to this now.

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    After reading over and over again on the event description, it's just killing me! The longer I wait for this event, the more I can't stand it any longer. So, people, I am going for Tofu hotpot tonight prior our 3/10 gathering.... And I will be there again with all of you later next week... Hopefully, no one from my veggie group is reading this!!!

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sarina,

    From this place to Jackson Height is 2.3 mile on Google map

    Jimmy

    February 19, 2013

    • Sarina

      That is very doable.

      February 19, 2013

  • Chieko A.

    love tofu

    February 18, 2013

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