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House of Tofu Soup

4563 North Road, #1&2
Burnaby, BC V3N4J5
Tel: (604) 420-5254
Neighbourhood: Cameron
  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • House of Tofu Soup is a Korean restaurant that specializes in tofu soup. You can order the soup with seafood, beef, pork, dumplings or mushrooms and choose the level of spicyness. With your order of soup, you get kimchi and a few other side dishes and a bowl of rice. They also serve other favorites such as bulgogee and bibimbab.

    Closed Tuesdays.

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Hot stuff!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

When my sister and I walked in for lunch this afternoon, we were a tiny bit skeptical. No baby seats, everyone seemed to be waiting for their food, and the menu prices were a little high. The service was extremely slow as we waited around 10-15 minutes for the unexpected appetizers to arrive, and then another 15-20 minutes for the tofu pots to arrive. The unexpected appetizers were a treat as we did not expect it. There were about 5 dishes aside from our tofu pots, so it actually turned out to be a great deal! When our tofu pots arrived, it was bubbling like a volcano and that's when we were advised to crack the raw egg into the pot. The server then served us each a bowl of rice freshly cooked in a stone pot. The the tofu pot was cool enough to eat, An egg cooked to perfection was revealed.
This place was A for awesome.

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Tastey tofu soup and excellent dumplings
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 14, 2008 - 12:59am [Dine in]

I have eaten here a few times in the last few months, and they are consistently good.

They have a variety of kinds of tofu soup, but in reality, the portions of meat are pretty meager, so it doesn't really matter what you order. I usually get the dumplings in the soup or mushroom. There is a lack of non-tofu stuff in your soup, but its very tastey.

I recommend their fried dumplings. You get a good amount for the price, and its pretty good tasting. I have had their chicken and tofu soup combo, and found their chicken to be pretty good. I have also tried the large pot of rice with 8 different toppings, I don't remember the actual name of this dish, but was also happy with it. The tofu soup is very filling. It may look small, but it really fills me up.

I find them very consistent, and service a little sparse but friendly and helpful when asked.

Would recommend others to try here, but watch out for the limited english of some of the servers. Stay safe with the tofu soup (mild) and meat combination and you will be happy diner.

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Food that warms up the soul
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - 11:20am [Dine in]

I like how there are more Tofu places now and we no longer have to go over to Jang Mo Bib in the metrotown area (who were the first in Vancouver to offer tofu soup, I think)

Been coming to house of tofu for years. Great Korean Tofu restaurant. They seem a bit snotty at first if you are not Korean but after a few visits they warm up to you.

House of Tofu Soup is great for traditional Korean dishes such as the bibimbob, seafood pancake, chapjae and of course tofu soup.

They have been very consistent in food quality over the years.
I love their side dishes and they are happy to give you seconds.

Their rice is excellent because it comes in their stone pots and for some reason it does taste more delicious then coming in a metal bowl.

A place that yummy, close to home and warms you up on a winter's night. Who could ask for anything more? =)

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Different!
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 5, 2006 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

I was looking forward to visiting HTS after reading the reviews here. After I entered the restaurant I got the impression that this used to be a Korean BBQ but now it is all about the soups. I had the stewed kimchee with pork and my wife had the tofu and pork soup. We also had the fried dumplings.

The meal starts with a bunch of appetizers including kimchee (naturally), seaweed, something that looked like pickled daikon, some pickled onion, and some sauce.

Next came the stone pot of rice. It was an interesting experience to watch the server scrape the rice out and then pour barley tea over the crispy remains. Then came the boiling main courses, the dumplings, and the egg for the tofu soup. The tofu soup was very tasty, and the ‘regular’ spiciness was just right. It had lots of tofu and pork. The stewed kimchee was also good, and came with chunks of pork in a hot and flavorful broth. I really enjoyed the dumplings which were like a cross between gyoza and potstickers, but not like either of these. I also tried the crispy rice out of the pot, but I didn’t really like it much. I agree with the previous reviewer that the tea was warm, but this is typical of Korean-run restaurants I have visited in the area. For all I know it might be the right way to serve barley tea. :)

I really appreciated the trilingual menu as it made ordering easier. The servers were quite friendly and explained the dishes as they arrived. The restaurant was clean and the service was quick. I don’t have much familiarity with tofu soup, but I really enjoyed this unique experience. Recommended.

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Great value lunch combo's!
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 15, 2006 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

2 can easily be fed for under $20 on their lunch menu with their combo specials. The tofu soups are tasty as is the bulgogi. The side dishes are lacking as the kimchi is not at all spicy, while the scoop of instant powdered mashed potatoes are made tolerable with the added mix of butter and few bits of corn and peas mixed in, are not quite satisfying. Avoid the seafood pancake. Very thick, doughy in taste and texture, and not much in content to alleviate some of the awful taste of raw/sticky dough. Ended up packing most of it then throwing it out since even after additional heating/cooking, it was still too thick in dough to consume with any amount of enjoyment.

The traditional rice served in stone bowl makes for a nice crispy eat with or without the added barley tea.

Besides the limited and rather crowded parking area out front in the mini plaza unit, right next to that, after the stairway, there's the driveway that leads you down to a semi-underground parking lot with a little over a handful of stalls.

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Famous in LA, just as famous in Vancouver
By goonboy of Burnaby (40 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

This place is the place in town for spicy Korean tofu soup also known as 'soon doo boo ji ge'. Famous in LA and now well established in Vancouver, this place only does tofu soup and does it to near perfection. The rice is brought to you freshly cooked in a metal bowl like in the olden days along with some of the best Korean side dishes in town to compliment your tofu soup. Most of the choices are under $10 and they really fill and warm your tummy up. A good deal in Korean food.

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Bad Service
By BonbonKane of BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 8:24pm [Dine in]

I come here from time to time only for the food, which is pretty good; however, the service on the other hand makes me not want to come anymore. I don't know if it's just me, but i sometimes feel discriminated because the waiters tend to wait on those who are of korean ethnicity with quick service more than those who aren't.
Once while I was eating there, a group, of about 7 people who were not korean ,walked in and they were handed menus. Five minutes later, a old korean couple walked in and immediately they had tea served to them, menus handed to them and not too long after ordered their meals while the other group of people just sat there watching. This is just one of the experiences i have had there and I think it really depends on the mood of the waiter.
Overall, this restaurant has good food that hasn't changed over the years i have gone there; on the other hand, the service is outrageous at times.

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Great tofu soup, but don't look for service
By Seagull of New Westminster (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

This no-frills place cooks up a delicious tofu soup (available in 4 degrees of spiciness and with various kinds of meats/vegetables), which is served with rice in a traditional stone pot and a selection of Korean side dishes. It doesn't look like much initially but is a *very* satisfying (and tasty) meal, and totally worth the $9.99. The menu is quite limited; out of the one dozen or so items that the offer, the bibimbap and the seafood pancake (though a bit pricey) are also recommended.

The only reason why I don't go there more often than I want to is because the service is quite poor. Perhaps it's because they don't have nearly enough servers. Be sure to go at non-peak hours---once my family and I went at 7pm on a weekend, waited 30min for a table, and another 20min for someone to take our order! Today, though, I went at 2pm, the place was near empty, and I got my food within 5 min of ordering. The one thing that's consistent about the service, regardless of the time you go, is that it's almost impossible to get the servers' attention, to get your tea refilled, or to get the bill. And don't expect anyone to be friendly.

Despite all that, it's good food for great value.

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Overrated
By 604girl of Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

Went there because some friends said the food and value was pretty good. It's ok. I've definitely had better tofu soup at other places. I was expecting it to be really good because it's called "House of Tofu Soup"!! We ordered a few different tofu soups ranging from white to regular. It was my first visit there so I ordered the regular just in case the hot was too hot. But my regular soup was not spicy at all. We also ordered the seafood pancake, once again, it's mediocre.

Service: Oh goodness. Although we were seated immediately, we didn't get any water or tea until after we ordered, then I had to ASK them for tea. Food came at a decent amount of time. The one thing that threw us off was the fact that one waitress came to our table and grabbed the hot sauce bottle from us. She actually reached over my friend's shoulder from behind to grab it from the table without saying anything or asking if we still needed it! I don't think I will return.

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tasty tofu soup but nothing special
By kuma of Coquitlam (26 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2009 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

My mom and I used to like going for dinner here. Their tofu soup with rice were really good. But now the quality seems may have gone down and we stopped going for a long time.

The service is poor. Even though they can't really speak English but at least they should know what POLITE attitude means.

The place is small but not jammed inside. JUst hard to find parking during dinner time. Also the traffic there kind of suck too!

Would recommend to friends tho.

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No beef, no egg
By Le_Gourmand of Burnaby (24 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

My husband and I tried the House of Tofu Soup on North Rd for dinner tonight. We ordered the bibimbab and regular beef & tofu soup combos. We were quite astonished by the lack of egg and beef in the bibimbab dish, practically non-existent especially when we were still hungry after the meal! This place fails to compare to the Metrotown Korean Tofu House, and we didn't feel it was worth the $9.99. The tea was sitting lukewarm in tupper containers. The service was lacklustre, we didn't think the servers or the owner could comprehend English. We may try other Korean restaurants in the area, but definitely not returning to this one!!!

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Don't get seated at the side
By dajusta of Richmond , BC (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 28, 2011 - 12:38am [Dine in]

I love this place but the only problem happens when I get seated at the side.

They have these room dividers so the servers will NEVER see you. I wanted an extra bowl of rice.. takes 5 minutes for them to know. I wanted more kimchi.. 5 minutes... more water.. 5 mins.. etc etc.

Regardless, this place is great for the tofu soup and bulgogi. My only wish is for the servers to actually wake up.

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top tofu soup!
By mdstephanierw of Edmonds, Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 8, 2008 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

I went here today with my mom after reading some reviews from DineHere. The overall experience was decent, the complimentary appetizers came right away and they were yummy. I wouldn't recommend the rice cake and the fried dumpling, they taste alright but not as good as the other ones I tried before. I had the regular tofu soup and my mom tried the kimchi stew. Both of them were great. The amount of tofu was decent, compared to the amount of beef they put in. The ambiance made us feel as if we're in Korea because of everyone who's working and eating there are koreans. But we were left confused why they left the stone pot with us but after reading more review, I guess the water they poured in was barley tea eh? Will definitely come back again in the future.

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Tofu anyone?
By alisherz of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 1:06am [Dine in]

oh i do despise tofu period.
But i do like this place because they make really good tofu soup.
The service is pretty good considering that even if there's a lot of people, they will take care of you.

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It's amazing
By aku of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 1, 2006 - 12:59am [Dine in]

This soup rocks! Not only do you get a choice of meat for your soup, you choose the level of spicyness also. But don't go for Mild spice, it's got no bite at all. Instead go with Regular, it has similar kick to kimchi. I highly recommend the bulgogee and mantukkee also. One word of caution: don't order too much.

Keep in mind each order of soup comes with customary side dishes, like kimchi, and a bowl of rice. You can ask for complimentary refills on the side dishes. If you still craving carbs, you can have some crispy rice in barley tea. The steamed rice is cooked in stone pots; some rice will crisp along the bottom of the pot. What the server will do is pour some tea into the pot and leave it for you. Kimchi goes well with the rice crisps. A bite of kimchi, a spoonful of crisps. Mmmmm, yummy... :)

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Need More Servers!
By CBCgurl of North Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

Just got home from dining here, and am STUFFED!
When we walked in, both servers looked up, acknowledged us, pointed us to a table to sit at. We waited for a long enough time for me to have to go up and ask them for menus.
The appetizers were yummy ... they could've spared a bit more potatoes... and the food came quick.
We didn't really understand the rice thing .. where they scoop the rice out for you, then put tea in the empty pot. We read reviews on here before going, so were expecting crispy deliciousness at the bottom of the pot, but it just tasted like what it was..tea with chunks of rice in it.
I had the medium tofu dumpling soup, and my boyfriend had the medium seafood tofu soup. Both were very good except the shrimps in the seafood tofu soup were a lot of work for hardly any meat.
Other than the service, this was a positive experience and will mostly likely be back to try the beef/pork tofu soup, as this restaurant has lots of potential, just not enough staff to support it.

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