Northwest Tofu | Freshly-made Tofu Daily
The cool and rainy morning made us yearn for some warm comfort food. We made our way over to Northwest Tofu in the Central District. The air outside was saturated with freshly-baked bread from the Franz bakery across the street as we stepped inside the restaurant.
This restaurant specializes in fresh tofu that they make daily and incorporate into their dishes. You can also buy their fresh tofu to take home.
My favorite dish there is the salt and pepper tofu. Silken tofu is cut up and breaded with, of course, salt and pepper and a light breading. It’s delicious enough to eat on it’s own, but I choose to dip it in some chili oil to spice it up. The outer crust is crisp and tender and it coats the soft and fresh tofu. I still have no idea how they handle such delicate tofu to bread and fry without breaking it apart.
We shared a bowl of congee, which contained preserved egg, some pork, peanuts, ginger and green onion. We also had some chinese donuts (crullers) that we used to dip into the congee. It’s warmth heated me through.
We finished with some xiao long bao, most commonly known as soup dumplings. It’s name is due to the fact that as the pork filling is steamed, the juices develop into a soup contained in each dumpling. Sadly, these were hardly soupy, even though I know the previous times we have had this dish there was more soup. Perhaps it was a bad batch?
This place really sells some authentic home-style cooking. The older Chinese ladies who run the place speak both Chinese and English. There’s a small catch though – it’s cash-only, so make sure to hit the ATM before, though you don’t need much. The food is very affordable and our tab for two was less than $20.
Northwest Tofu: 1911 S. Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144