Lee’s Tofu House: Doraville, GA, USA
This is a relatively new tofu house that I had passed by before but never got the chance to eat at. I had heard it was decent and wasn’t sure if I wanted to check it out, but then I found out that they had oxtail soup and had to try it! I met up with a couple of friends here, some YELPers, some not and we tried a variety of things:
- LA kalbi
- pork stew (터지갈비찜)
- beef oxtail soup
- pork bulgogi
One of the best things about this place is the bang for the buck. The owner recommended the combo meals where you get a smaller side dish with your larger entree. My combination was the oxtail soup with the pork stew, but I did get to try the katsu and pork bulgogi which came with my friend’s combo. We had ordered the LA galbi as a completely separate entree. Their panchan dishes weren’t that bad either.
But let’s get on with the review:
Beef Oxtail Soup (설렁탕): One of my favorite korean dishes to eat in the winter. It requires hours and hours of boiling to extract the marrow out of the oxtail.
- came out bubbling hot. Some places serve it in a large bowl, but I like the stone bowl better.
- decently rich, not watered down
- good amount of meat in the soup
- could be boiled down a little longer, not as “thick” or “creamy” as some other places that I’ve had it
- nice generous cut of meat, not small for a “smaller” side dish as part of the combo
- came out hot even though the picture did not look like it
- not overly dressed with the “thousand island” sauce.
- none for the price that was paid for the combo
- nice flavor, not overly marinated
- not skinny cuts of meat: I really like a generous hunk of beef on my shortribs. I was expecting some of the smaller and thinner cuts of galbi given that this place had the reputation of not being a glamorous restaurant like Honey Pig, but it was a pretty good portion actually.
- no real complaints but then again, didn’t have the highest of expectations either.
Pork stew: I’ve never had the pork version of this before, only the beef, but it is one of my favorite korean dishes to order as well. The meat is cooked in a sweet soy sauce with sweet potatoes, dates, and other things such as carrot chunks. It’s supposed to be falling off the bone and awesome with rice. I’m a bit mad at myself for not taking a picture of this dish, but there was so much steam it kept fogging up my camera.
- great flavors, not overly sweet
- fall of the bone – this was amazing
- came out sizzling in a little small stone bowl of it’s own
- none really, maybe more carrot chunks? The meat portion was quite generous!
Pork Bulgogi: also came as a side dish to the combo. The selection for the combo meal is great.
- very flavorful, not overly spicy
- good portion, generous with the meat
- meat was not tough or overcooked
- not the best pork bulgogi that I’ve had, but as part of a combination, can’t really dog it too much
- would be better coming out on a hot stone plate, like the kind they do for pepper beef or mongolian beef in Chinese restaurants
It was a good dinner. I’d say for the price, you get more than what you pay for, and it isn’t exactly crap Korean food either. I’d definitely go back for a quick lunch or even a good dinner after rock climbing or a race. Good quantities to fast feed some hungry people. In summary:
- katsu: ***.5 (3.5 stars)
- LA kalbi: ***.65 (3.65 stars)
- pork stew (터지갈비찜): ***.75 (3.75 stars)
- beef oxtail soup: ***.75 (3.75 stars)
- pork bulgogi: ***.65 (3.65 stars)
The restaurant can be hard to find because it’s off a small strip on Buford Highway. For locals, if you know where the Mozart Bakery is on BuHi, it’s located in the same complex. I want to say it’s across the street from Paris Baguette but I could be mistaken. Their address is here: