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Jang Guem Tofu & BBQ House

Sounds crazy, but you'll stop laughing when you eat some of this spicy tofu soup and barbecued bulgogi.

The restaurant was packed when we stopped in at noon on a weekday. We sampled two of the lunch specials. The beef bulgogi came in the large compartment of a segmented plate. A large mound of rice, kimchi, spicy squid and a bean sprout salad occupied the other sections.

The beef was a little sweet, but the thin-shaved slices were tossed with raw onion crescents after they were grilled, which gave each bite a nice crunchy texture. Spicy pork barbecue came with the same accompaniments, but the meat was squishy. I suspect it was overmarinated.

At lunchtime, the only banchan you get is what comes on your divided plate — plus the fish. I gave it a try, but I've got to say that the funky fried mackerel and the sweet barbecued beef was a weird combination.

Recommended combo: soon tofu with Korean barbecue
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Recommended combo: soon tofu with Korean barbecue

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Jang Guem Tofu & BBQ House

9896 Bellaire
Houston, TX 77036

Category: Restaurant > Korean

Region: Outer Loop - SW

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Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays.

Tofu soup: $8

Bibimbop: $8

Bulgogi lunch: $8

Spicy pork lunch: $7

BBQ and tofu soup: $14.50

9896 Bellaire, 713-773-2229.

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Dessert is free. There is a frozen custard machine next to the door stocked with a box of little Eat-It-All cones. You pull the lever and serve yourself. They don't eat much dairy in Asia, so frozen custard is an incongruous finish to an authentic Korean meal. But the vanilla ice cream sure tastes good after all those chiles — it also does a great job of getting the taste of mackerel out of your mouth.

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