Address: 2788 Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley, CA 94546
Phone: (510) 247-8889
I can’t believe we haven’t done a review for Tofu House in Castro Valley yet. We come here every so often to either get takeout or dine-in. They even give you Banchan with takeout orders as well. That’s awesome! I thought it was only for dine-in. It usually is at Korean restaurants.
Tofu House opened in July 2009 and you can tell it used to be an old Taco Bell. The old drive-thru is still there along with the parking lot, which isn’t paved and is gravel. It’s all good though since it’s probably the only Korean restaurant in town. They’re open daily except for Sundays when they go to church.
Another cool thing about Tofu House is at each table, they have an attention bell to signal the waitress at the front counter. This is much like the steward signal on airplanes. Neat idea!
Tofu House is a Korean restaurant, but not a Korean BBQ restaurant. In other words, you don’t smell like Korean BBQ after eating there……which is a good thing.
On to the reviews of the food:
We usually get Japchae (cellophane noodles with beef bulgogi and stir-fried vegetables). You can tell they put some sesame oil in there. It’s good stuff.
We also get Bibimbab (or Bibimbap). This would be assorted/shredded vegetables, beef bulgogi, and a fried egg over rice. Interestingly enough, the girls borrowed a children’s book called Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park from the Castro Valley Library. Bibimbap means “mix, mix rice”. After picking out what you want from the dish, you get to mix it around to experience the blending of each ingredient’s flavor.
A popular dish at Tofu House is the Seafood Pancake, which is HUGE. It’s essentially a huge seafood and vegetable omelette cooked in what looks like a deep-dish pizza pan. This is a dish you have to share.
We also ordered the Tofu Salad, which is basically chilled fried tofu over iceberg lettuce with a citrusy dressing.
Another popular dish at Tofu House is the Soft Tofu Soup. This comes in many flavors and you can request the level of spiciness. It’s served in a hot pot and you can scrap the rice at the bottom with the soup when you’re almost done.
For the kids, we ordered the Pan Fried Dumplings. This is just Pot Stickers.
The food is also low-sodium and MSG free for the health-conscious.
I highly recommend my local Tofu House as feeds my Korean food cravings well.
Children’s Menu [n]
Changing Station [y]
Stroller Access [normal]