Pro Hot Korean’s Spicy Tofu Stew is Good (Even When It’s Hot Out)
In my failed attempt to track down the Marrakech Chefs Truck (yes I’m still hunting this truck down and it sucks that they’re not on Twitter!), I found myself walking into Pro Hot Korean. I have passed by this tiny Korean place few times now and was meaning to try it some day. I wasn’t sure what to order from this place. The Bibimbap was very tempting and so were the tacos. But I wanted something hearty so I ordered the chicken tofu jigae ($8.50). While waiting for my food, I was wondering how good the tofu jigae would be from a fast food joint.
Actually it wasn’t very fast food joint like. I waited a good amount of time and sitting there by myself felt like forever! To pass the time I got a cup of free miso soup that you serve yourself. It had bean sprouts in it and looked too clear to be miso soup. I took a sip and decided not to finish it because it tasted awful. Finally I was presented with a container of steamed white rice and a bubbling pot of chicken tofu stew. It looked delicious and quickly dug into it.
I never had chicken tofu stew before, it had always been seafood. Pro Hot Korean’s tofu stew was quite delicious. It didn’t start out too spicy but half way through I was sweating, a lot. I thought I wouldn’t be full from eating this lunch because the container of rice seemed small and I was eating tofu, how filled up can you get from that?! Oh was I wrong, after eating the last spoonful of rice and tofu I was happily full.
If you don’t mind the wait for the hot food or sitting next to complete strangers (it’s a tiny place with few seats), the chicken tofu stew is worth checking out. Of course it is like 100 degrees outside and hot spicy food maybe the farthest thing you’re thinking about right now, well then you can always get their cold noodles.
Pro Hot Korean, 62 W. 56th St. (btw. 5+6th) 212-397-9104