Updated: 27th June 2012; This restaurant has closed according to Urbanspoon.com.
For this weekend’s lunch, we decided to finally go to the Han Ju Tofu Hot Pot. We have been saying that we want to try it for a long time but never gotten down to it.
There are actually two Han Ju Tofu Hot Pot places. The original one was in Crystal Mall in Burnaby. They have opened in another location in Richmond the past few months. Lorna told us about this new location a few weeks back and so we decided to check that place out.
The Han Ju is located at 8328 Capstan Way in Richmond. They are opened seven days a week, 11am to 9pm. It’s a small restaurant, just slightly larger than the cramped one on Burnaby. There are perhaps about 12 tables in all. It is a very popular place and often you need to wait for a table — we had to wait about 5 minutes.
Although this place is made out to be a Korean style restaurant, I think they are Taiwanese owned judging from the fact that they speak Taiwanese brand of chinese.
Their signature dish is, of course, the Tofu Hot Pot. We ordered the Korean Style Kimchi Pot and asked that it be made spicy — you get an option on how spicy you want it. This dish is served with rice although the main staple is the green bean noodles in the soup. Other ingredients are Korean Kimchi, Mussels, Squid, Tofu, Sliced Pork and an egg. It’s quite a big serving, more than what I normally take for a meal. The dish is served in a metal hot pot — gotta be careful handling it because it’s very, very hot. This dish costs $5.95.
We decided to order a side dish and opted for the regular sized Spiced Tofu. This costs $3.95. It is not too bad but for us, it’s too much tofu because the rice dish we ordered also came with this.
We also order a dish called Braised Beef Briskets on Rice. The rice dishes are served in a flat pan-like bowl — very much like a dog food dish! This dish contains the beef briskets, spiced tofu, fried egg and two different vegetable. This is a non-spicy dish and costs $6.95.
The Korean Style BBQ with Rice dish looks very similar to the one above. The only difference is in the meat — this has pork instead. Costs the same too, $6.95.