My friend DS and I have been talking about going to Kaju Tofu House for years, and it took one very very snowy Wednesday afternoon for us to decide that there was no better time but now. We hastily gathered a troop of friends – fun bunch and a good mix of musicologists and composers, undergrads and grads – and made our way to Allston for hopefully some really really good soondubu/soontofu.
We got there at about 11.30am, just before the place started getting busy. There was only a Korean sign from the street, so unless you read Korean, you had to have a friend who reads Korean (in our case, DS is Korean) to find it. I’m glad we did, because I really enjoyed what we had for lunch! We ordered a few soft tofu lunch sets to share among the 4 of us! For the soft tofu sets, we could get any soft tofu they had on menu, even the fancy ones, so it was a really good deal!
Haemul Pajeon (seafood pancake) – $12.99: One of my most loved Korean dishes of all time. We usually have it as an appetizer, but I would be more than happy to eat the entire pie on my own. This one had octopus, shrimp, oysters and mussels in them, and the edges were so crispy. I love it!
Beef Clay Pot (Dolsot Bibimbap), this came with the Soft Tofu/Beef Clay Pot combination – $16.99: In general, I’ve had better bibimbaps. There was minimal amounts of beef, and a ton of veggies. I didn’t like the red peppers or broccoli in there because texturally, it did not work with the rest of the dish. Otherwise, the burnt bits on the bottom of the clay pot was great!
Beef Bulgogi, came as part of the Soft Tofu/Beef Bulgogi combination – $16.99: The beef bulgogi is delicious! It is a little sweet, but the beef slices are very very thin, and very tender. Again, I love the little burnt bits left on the bottom of the hot plate after most of the meat is gone. Yum! Don’t leave it on the hot plate for too long though, the beef will get tough.
Daeji Bulgogi (Spicy Pork), came with the Soft Tofu/Spicy Pork combination – $16.99: My favorite out of all three combinations. The pork was perfectly marinated – slightly sweet, slightly spicy! It packed a huge punch of flavor, and the onions and spring onions added a good crunch as well. As with everything else, the best parts are the burnt bits!
Soft Tofu with Seafood (each set comes with a bowl of soft tofu and one can pick any one from the menu given) – Delicious tofu and soup! The clams were delicious, but the shrimp was unshelled and very small. In future, I will just get it with clams and only clams. The tofu soup also comes with raw egg that you can crack in your soup – yes, it is hot enough to cook it right away! Yummy!
Banchan (Korean side dishes) – There were a lot of banchan on the table, but they did not refill the ones that were done. My favorite are the cuttlefish (those stringy looking carrot-like things), the kimchi and the mashed potatoes. I wished the refilled our banchans!
Kaju Tofu House
Address: 58 Harvard Ave Allston, MA 02134
Telephone: (617) 208-8540
Hours: Daily | 10am – 10pm
Price Range: $$$ ($20 – $30 per person)