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Monday, September 11, 2017

BCD Tofu House, Epping

Korean bbq beef ribs, bossam, fish roe tofu soup and kimchi at BCD Tofu House in Epping Sydney

Soondubu jjigae. If you've never heard of it, you just may end up best friends with it this winter. This Korean favourite is more than just a soft tofu soup. You get a quivering wobble of soft set tofu - like a savoury version of pannacotta - simmered in a mini cauldron of bubbling spiced soup. The broth is guaranteed to warm you up from the tips of your fingers right down to your toes, and don’t freak out about the angry red tinge – it’s not half as spicy as it looks.

Altang sundubu fish roe tofu soup at BCD Tofu House in Epping Sydney
Altang sundubu fish roe tofu soup with plain rice $16 or special claypot rice $20

At BCD Tofu House, they’re all about soft tofu soup. You’ll find 13 variations ($15-$16) on the menu. So you want your tofu soup with seafood? Or kimchi? Or dumplings? Tick. Tick. Tick. Restaurant regulars swear by the version with fish roe.

Altang sundubu fish roe tofu soup at BCD Tofu House in Epping Sydney
Fish roe tofu soup

Yeongyang dolsotbap special claypot rice at BCD Tofu House in Epping Sydney
Yeongyang dolsotbap special claypot rice

Rice comes with every option, turning your soup into a complete meal. It's worth paying an extra $4 for the upgrade to special rice, or yeongyang dolsotbap, a purple-tinged extravaganza of mixed rice cooked with gingko nuts and thin slices of jujube red dates. The sizzling stone pot it’s presented in means that by the time you hit the bottom you should find a crunchy layer of rice that Koreans call nurungji. Scrape it out as is, or follow the lead of locals and ask staff to pour in boiling water to make a kind of rice tea.

Yeongyang dolsotbap special claypot rice with gingko and jujube at BCD Tofu House in Epping Sydney
Special claypot rice with gingko nuts and jujube red dates

BBQ beef ribs with tofu soup at BCD Tofu House in Epping Sydney
BBQ beef ribs and tofu soup with plain rice $25 or special claypot rice $28

Bolt on extra dishes, like bulgogi beef or stir-fried squid, for a tofu soup combo meal. The BBQ beef ribs are a ripper, marinated in a sweet soy glaze and grilled until the meat slides off the bone.

Bossam pork belly in cabbage wraps at BCD Tofu House in Epping Sydney
Bossam $48

It’s worth rounding up the crew so you can order more dishes to share. That means stomach space for crisp seafood pancake, yukhoe beef tartare and bossam, a DIY affair of pork belly wrapped up in Chinese cabbage with spicy radish salad. The ginseng chicken soup is said to cure all ills.

Shredded radish kimchi for bossam at BCD Tofu House in Epping Sydney
Shredded radish kimchi

Boiled pork belly at BCD Tofu House in Epping Sydney
Boiled pork belly

You’ll score complimentary panchan side dishes too. If you need a refill, just press the buzzer on your table and ask nicely. And expect crowds on weekends. They don’t take bookings so turn up early or be prepared to queue.

Panchan Korean side dishes at BCD Tofu House in Epping Sydney

Entrance to BCD Tofu House in Epping Sydney

Bcd Tofu House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

BCD Tofu House

74-76 Rawson Street, Epping, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02)

Opening hours
Monday to Saturday 11.30am-3pm, 5pm-9.30pm
Sunday 5pm-9.30pm

This article first appeared in Time Out Sydney. Read this article online or read more of my Time Out Sydney reviews.

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 9/11/2017 01:21:00 am


  • At 9/11/2017 11:05 am, Blogger 17th stitch said…

    I love the BCD Tofu House in New York City, but this sounds even lovelier... or maybe its just your wonderful description and gorgeous photos.

  • At 9/11/2017 11:21 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    BCD is always very busy so thanks, Helen, for now making it even harder to get into! But, yes, the tofu soups and (in particular) the seafood pancake are great.

  • At 9/11/2017 5:20 pm, Blogger K said…

    I keep meaning to return, thanks for the reminder! Great photos as always. :)

  • At 9/11/2017 11:59 pm, Blogger Nick Jordan said…

    Yes, this place is hectic. Been meaning to go back for ages.

  • At 9/15/2017 7:19 pm, Blogger Ramen Raff said…

    That bossom looks amazing and I freakin love jjigae!!


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