Tokyo Sundubu is a restaurant dedicated to serving sundubu jjigae with various ingredients and toppings. And boy do I love the place! I honestly have never heard of sundubu until I spotted a branch in Minato Mirai Queen's Square, right across the hall from Keawjal. And having had lunch there once was enough for me to come home and comb the internet for a recipe, which I later tweaked to my taste at home.
Hubby's lunch set, beef tendon sundubu, which he said was pretty tasty!
At Tokyo Sundubu, the cheapest lunch set is at 900yen, and it's a basic pork sundubu, with rice on the side, 3 sides of marinaded vegetables (greens, shredded carrots, and soy bean spouts), and a small dessert of orange jelly. A fantastic deal if you ask me! But of course they have many different variety of sundubu for you to pick, from sea food toppings to meat and, for those more adventurous, innards and such. All sundubu dishes come with an egg and you can choose the broth to be salt-based or miso-based. Hubby and I have tried both and honestly could not tell the difference between the two. I am guessing because the broth had tons of gochugaru, so it must have overwhelmed the miso? Also, you can choose the level of spice for your sundubu, from none spicy at all to 6 chilis. I like mine at 5, which is pretty spicy, and hubby likes his at 3, which is about medium. I haven't had the guts to try 6 yet, because I'd rather enjoy my meal than, well, not taste it due a burning tongue.
I usually stick with the meat as toppings in my sundubu, because it is a sea food based broth, so there are already clams and shrimps and that's enough sea food for me. Hubby likes to try different sundubus, and he had tried a tomato broth once and thought it was good. There are also additional toppings if you want to add something extra to your sundubu, like kimchi, mentaiko, extra meat, etc. If you order things like kimchi or extra meat, they will be added directly into your sundubu (fresh kimchi is ok, but you wouldn't want a side of raw meat, do you?). But all other extra toppings are served on the side, like the mentaiko.
My lunch set, the basic pork, but I added kimchi (in the soup) and mentaiko (on the side).
It was a nice cooler day when we went out for lunch and then shopped around for a TV all afternoon. We haven't had a TV in our home since 2006, and no, we don't live in a cave. Pssst, there's this thing call the internet.
- Hat: Aeropostale
- Shirt: Express
- T-shirt: Aeropostale
- Camisole: Aeropostale
- Belt: JCrew
- Bag: Mercury Duo freebie tote from Cutie May 2011 issue
- Shorts: Express
- Tights: Uniqlo
- Shoes: Nine West
My best cave[wo]man impression :P