2010

Pyung Chang Tofu House Restaurant Review, Oakland

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Pyung Chang Tofu House

4701 Telegraph Ave

Oakland, CA 94609

510-658-9040

Pyung Chang is a Korean restaurant located in the Temescal district of Oakland, where a cluster Korean restaurants are situated. Burma Superstar is a couple doors down, while Bakesale Betty and Pizzaiolo are a block or two away. We were looking for some higher-quality Korean food than is present in San Francisco.

Pyung Chang Restaurant Oakland interior decor

Decor, Vibe – Pyung Chang is one medium sized room with pretty basic decor. Pictures of food line the wall. The bench-like rough cut tables are made from natural wood. A lot of Koreans were dining, surely a very good sign.

Menu

Pyung Chang’s Menu is not very long and looks pretty authentic. They have a variety of soft tofu soups, barbecue items, and noodles.

Signature Dishes – Soft Tofu Soup, Kalbi, Bibimbab.

Full image set and Menu

Picks:

Pyung Chang Restaurant Oakland banchan

Banchan (small dishes of food) consisted of six good-sized items some of which we had not seen in other local Korean restaurants.

Pyung Chang Restaurant Oakland bean pancake

Korean traditional style pureed bean pancake ($5) was excellent, crunchy, soft inside, hot out of the fryer, freshly made, filled with carrots, chives, mushrooms. Eat this quickly before it gets mushy.

Pyung Chang Restaurant Oakland barbecue beef ribs

Korean style Barbecued beef ribs with marinated onions – Kalbi ($16.99) was sizzling hot and had pretty good quantity. Flavors were okay as was meat quality.

Pyung Chang Restaurant Oakland stoneware bibimbab

Stoneware Bibimbab ($11.99) mixed vegetables, beef and rice cooked in hot stoneware looked beautiful. The egg already topped the dish and served to us. The earthy mushrooms stood out as did the fresh vegetables.

Pyung Chang Restaurant Oakland soft tofu soup
Soft Tofu Soup

Pyung Chang Restaurant Oakland Gajami Gui Rex sole fish

Combo small tofu soup with beef and assorted vegetables ($12.99) with Gajami Gui (Rex sole) panfried was pictured on the wall and would expand variety over just the soup, at a small $3 premium. The very good tofu soup was moderately spicy (medium spicy) and of course bubbling hot. The bits of meat more pretty small.
The fish was huge and possessed an excellent crispy crust on the outside. It was grilled bone in and is highly recommended.

Pyung Chang Restaurant Oakland crispy rice crust

Stone pot rice came with the entrees. They even helped us remove the awesome crispy rice.

OK:
None

Pans:
None

Service – Pyung Chang had classic drop and go service. We had hail the waitress to get anything done.

Value – Prices are pretty typical with quality Korean restaurants.

Alternatives – Ohgane is more meat oriented. Nearby restaurants include Burma Superstar, Bakesale Betty, Pizzaiolo, and a bunch of other good Korean restaurants, we will try another day.

Verdict – Pyung Chang Tofu House serves authentic Korean food in their unassuming location. Service is in very good, but the food is.

Pyung Chang Tofu House on Urbanspoon

Pyung Chang Tofu House Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Average)
Atmosphere Rating: (Average)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Hours:Daily 11am-3pm, 5-10 pm
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Prices:$9.99 - $31.99
Posted on November 1st, 2010
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