I woke up crazy hungry this morning. I mean insanely hungry that you can’t think straight-lightheaded-stomach growling-want to slap anyone who tries talking to you, hungry! My tummy’s infuriated growls grew stronger and louder as I spent my time trying to decide WTF to eat.
Hmm….what to eat? I looked in my fridge and found nothing to whet my appetite. I was not in the mood to cook either, so I decided to go out for lunch. I was craving something filling…something soupy…Pho? Nah I wasn’t in the mood for pho. I also wanted some spiciness added to my something filling and something soupy. What to eat, oh what to eat…I pondered upon this dilemma, too weakened from hunger to think straight. Jjambbong (Korean-Chinese Spicy Noodle Soup)! But then again, there aren’t any places around my area that serve good Jjambbong. Shucks.
I knew exactly what type of meal I needed to satiate my physiological cravings. I just did not know what dish that would be. Then it struck me, Soon Tofu (Spicy Soft Tofu Soup)! I have not had Soon Tofu in ages. The soupiness and spiciness that I was craving sounded more than filling. The only Soon Tofu joints I frequent around here (in Cerritos, CA) are Chodang and BCD. Chodang is closer, so I decided to go there.
Lunchtime is the worst time to go. They are always so packed. And with the tables so close together, it can get hard to move around in that cramped space. As soon as we were seated, they gave us a pitcher of water that looked like it was taken from another table that used it. The pitcher was about a third of the way full and it had a flake of geem (seaweed paper) on it. FYI, when we were done with our (refilled) water pitcher, it was just passed on to another table right before our eyes. They didn’t even go back into the kitchen to even pretend like they were getting a new pitcher.
As I wait, sitting at my table, I grow weaker. By this time, I am literally DYING OF HUNGER! Waiting, waiting, and more waiting, and the food still does not come out. Usually, I don’t mind waiting a little, but when I am dying of hunger, my patience wears thin. It took over 20 minutes to bring out the banchans, followed by the Soon Tofu, ten minutes later.
When my (spicy beef) Soon Tofu finally arrived, I dived right in. The first few bites gradually started to calm my belly down, soothing and easing the hunger into a lull. When I was halfway done with my Soon Tofu, my palate started reviving itself. Earlier, I was blinded by hunger to actually taste the food. When I was halfway done (and the senses of my palate coming back), I started to taste the blandness of the dish. It was spicy, but lacked the deep flavor (a properly made broth produces a tasty Soon Tofu) that I like. Like I said, I frequent this place often. The other times, the Soon Tofu did not taste so bland. But overall, I was happy after my meal…in such a better mood after my tummy was filled.
I got a cup of Mocha flavored coffee from their coffee machine. I never miss their free coffee. I rarely get the ice cream. Even the times I get the ice cream, I always get the coffee too.