Cristina crafts pieces on travel, parenting and lifestyle. Connect with her at www.editorialcreatives.com or www.facebook.com/pages/Editorial-Creatives/147954298617175 and @CristinaDimen on Twitter. WN mentor link: www.weekendnotes.com/profile/37614/
Published August 26th 2012
Great choice for spicy Asian dishes in the East Village
When you want to enjoy some Korean fare, head over to 6 St. Mark's Place in the East Village section of Manhattan, which is home to New York Tofu House. Take a break from your sightseeing or work duties, and taste a bit of Korea's flavorful food culture.
As you walk through the entryway towards the dining area, don't forget to take note of some items associated with traditional Korean garb, such as the kid-size accessories in bright yellows, pinks, reds and greens, pinned onto wood-framed panels.
Check out the display of traditional children's attire.
A quick scan of their menu offerings shows that as the venue's name implies, you'll find Korean silken tofu prepared in a number of ways. A variety of these dishes are perfect for the vegetarians in your party. There's fried tofu with sweet and sour sauce, tofu fritters with peanut sauce, mushrooms and peppers stuffed with tofu and vegetables, plus marinated tofu served sitting atop fried rice.
For those who love Kimchi, your table will be filled with the customary and complimentary starter plates of fermented vegetables, including cucumbers, radishes and cabbage, seasoned in mostly-spicy flavors.
If you're keen on having a spicy dish that is served hot enough that it's still sizzling when it arrives at your table, try their Beef SoonDubu, which is silken Tofu with a savory stew (can be requested as mild.) Spoon a small portion of this spicy dish over the rice that comes with your order, and enjoy.
Rice cooked and served in a traditional Korean stone bowl & Beef SoonDubu.
As you can see, there are so many choices to sate your curiosity. So the next time you come across a staff member in front of New York Tofu House stirring something to be given out as samples, ask for a portion.
Check out the samples for ideas on what to order inside.