BCD Tofu House

There are very few things in this world that I am willing to admit that I truly love. One of those things (and possibly the most important) is BCD Tofu House located on Western and 9th Street in L.A. Anyhow, this is my absolute FAVORITE place to eat in Los Angeles. I'd say 95% of the time I can be found salivating all over myself, eyes glazed over, talking to myself about Korean BBQ. The main reason that I love this place is because they are open 24 hours and theres no greater experience than having sizzling tofu soup with BBQ short ribs when you're drunk at 3 a.m. I don't think that I had ever gone here sober until about my 10th visit or so. Typically, 24 hour food chains are garbage but this is definitely not the case with BCD.

From the information that I've gathered from their website, they are a chain with multiple locations in Southern California as well as Seattle, Korea, and Japan. Their specialty is the tofu soup made of "silky, soft premium tofu" and Korean seasonings...I know I like to accuse a lot of establishments of seasoning their dishes with crack, but I'm truly convinced that crack might be a part of their "Korean seasoning" lineup. There are various degrees of spiciness such as not spicy, mild, spicy, and finally VERY SPICY. I always order "medium spicy" which is supposed to be between mild and spicy, but I'm pretty sure this level doesn't even exist because they always just bring me the mild one. The soup is delivered while its still sizzling and its customary to crack open an egg into the soup and mix it in. The soup usually comes with beef or whatever sort of goody you'd like thrown into it. They also serve a variety of pre-meal goodies such as kim chee, a whole fried fish, and whatever pickled vegetable or sea creature they have that day. I've found that the whole fried fish seems to scare and disturb non-Asian patrons, which works out in my favor because that means more for me. The rice is served in a sexy stone pot and the server ladies usually scoop it out for you. I haven't tried any of the other BBQ meats yet, but I'm pretty satisfied with the short ribs. They melt in your mouth in the most seductive manner and they reduce me to tears of joy. The combination of tofu soup, kim chee, BBQ short ribs, and rice is genius and I think the Koreans deserve some kind of Nobel Prize for their culinary victories.

My fondest memory of Tofu House is when we had just had a horrible night out in Hollywood so we figured the best remedy for a shitty night was BCD. It was about 1 in the morning and we smoked a bowl, hit up Jack in the Crack just for some seasoned curlies, and then made the trek to Tofu House. I passed out on the way there and the next thing I knew it was 4 a.m. and we were parked directly outside of Tofu House. Apparently, we passed out in front of Tofu House for 3 hours. We went inside, had the usual, and then went home. Actually, that was kind of dirty.

The first time I had been to BCD was last year on 420...we were desperately trying to find Gyu-Kaku and after two hours of circling Los Angeles, we ended up at Tofu House. Talk about fate...Another time we went half on a box of wine and got drunk in the Tofu House parking lot for the sake of heightening our experience. Alcohol induces violent hunger, therefore making the meal 10x more satisfying and SEXCELLENT. The dirtiest and most unnecessary trip would have to be when we had just annihilated two bacon wrapped hot dogs each and then proceeded to top it off with BCD. I was in a serious food coma for a good two weeks after that and I can't say that I've completely recovered from that night.

When I move back to the Bay, I'm really gonna miss this sight. So many memories and so much deliciousness inside...

The infamous fried fish. Dissecting this bad boy and separating the meat from the bones is both an art and a skill.

The kim chee is alright...not the greatest but it does what it has to do. I'm sorry if this is a little pornographic, I'm just that good at capturing the eroticism in food.

As I've stated before, this is possibly the sexiest picture of eggs in the history of eggs.

The menu...

THATS WHAT I'M TALKIN ABOUT. My god, have you ever seen anything more enticing? Me neither...blame my photography.

THE SHORT RIBS! They pile those motherfuckers up high and sprinkle them with a delicate layer of green onions and sesame seeds. If I play my cards right, I'll be surrounded by platters just like this in heaven.

This is what I like to call a smorgasbord of HOT SEXY ASS. Check out the egg freshly dropped into the soup. POETIC, simply poetic.. Again, my photography skills are out of this goddamn world. I'm probably gonna have my work exhibited at some modern art museum in the near future so you better whack it to this shit for free while you can. Not to toot my own horn or anything...

Great, now I'm hungry. I've been "dieting" lately which just means that I've gone from eating 6 meals a day to just 3. I figure I can drop 10 to 15 pounds if I just ate like a normal human being. Yes, very boring but bikini season is approaching and I only like to store fat during the winter months.


Deborah Dowd said…
You are so funny! Nice to see a blogger who takes food but not themselves so seriously!
tinyheat said…
you rock. and now im fucking hungry. thanks.i miss LA, actually no, let me rephrase that..i miss the culinary delights..such as BCD Tofu house.

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