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Tofu Village

This tofu and barbecue restaurant isn't for vegetarians

Now, granted, if you stuff this flavorless bean paste with ground meat or shrimp and then slather it with salty soy and fiery chile sauce, then you can render it pretty tasty. And I must admit that I have eaten fried tofu and stuffed fried tofu entrées at Vietnamese restaurants and I have actually liked the stuff. But I always considered these to be rare aberrations.

So the odds of my trying a restaurant named "Tofu Village" would have been close to nil had I not heard a breathless report about the place from an acquaintance with a yen for great Asian food. I was further encouraged by the small legend above the door of the place that says "Korean barbecue." Who would think of going to a restaurant called Tofu Village for the barbecue?

Tofu Village is a long way from a vegetarian restaurant. At first, I thought there weren't any tofu dishes for vegetarians at all. But closer study revealed that there was one vegetarian soft tofu soup made with carrots, broccoli, mushrooms and pumpkin for our meat-challenged friends.

Exceptional: the "soon tofu" and the barbecued beef shortribs.
Troy Fields
Exceptional: the "soon tofu" and the barbecued beef shortribs.

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Tofu Village

9889 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, TX 77036

Category: Restaurant > Korean

Region: Outer Loop - SW

Details

Hours:

10 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Saturdays; 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays.

Soft tofu soup: $6.99

Combination soup and

entrée: $12

Kimchi pancake: $10.99

Barbecue short ribs: $26

Barbecue rib eye: $21

9889 Bellaire Blvd., 713-777-9889.

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The Korean approach to tofu that I discovered here is nothing short of astonishing. Like the soft and comforting potatoes in the middle of a bowl of fiery curry, or the neutral tortilla that holds the picante taco meat, the fresh tofu at Tofu Village is a deliciously bland counterpoint to a host of enticing hot and spicy flavors.

The fact that there are so few tofu dishes made without meat makes this tofu restaurant a poor choice for vegetarian diners. But it's a great place for everybody else. And I especially recommend Tofu Village to misguided tofu mockers who never considered eating the stuff before. Give it a try, and this place will truly change your mind about "toad food."

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