Gardena, CA 90247
This is one of my favorite weekday lunch spots, although I don’t make it out here often. Tofu Village is located in a small strip plaza, near the corner of Western and Marine. Parking is easy to find inside the plaza. Even though Tofu Village is usually pretty busy, table turnover is fast, so not much wait during lunch time. Service is normally good and quick. Most of the clientele is Korean, so that should tell you about its authenticity! I like it better than Lee’s Tofu down the street — the taste is more on par with the soon tofu places in K-town. : )
Tofu Village is located inside this shopping plaza.
Sample of the lunch menu — all of the lunch specials look pretty good but I’ve only tried the soon tofu so far.
The banchans (side dishes) are all really good and usually includes kimchi, spicy pickled radish and cucumber, bean sprouts, potato salad and chap chae (Korean glass noodles). There’s even fried yellow croaker (a small fish), similar to the ones at BCD Tofu House. You can request for complimentary refills on the side dishes.
There’s an assortment of different soon tofu to choose from (seafood, combination, kimchi, etc), as well as the spiciness. I usually get the combination medium (which has seafood and beef). Comes with purple rice in a stone pot – the servers will scoop it up into the steel bowl for you. At the end of the meal, add water to the rice stone pot to make crunchy rice soup. Yum yum yum…. $7.99