VP front sign

The populace is apparently tired of negative food finds. During these Omaba-fied times, people want to be uplifted. Uplifted by hope, uplifted by the stimulus plan, uplifted by GREAT soy juice.

Out of the current crop of soy producers supplying the majority of LA’s Asian grocery stores, a few stand out. Let us bypass the OC due to lack of personal interest (Dong Phuong and Thanh Song’s products are both popular with the 714 locals) and focus on the ultra competitive SGV.

Previous, I’ve listed a few of the Soy Milk producers in the Western SGV. The list includes, but is not limited to: Vinh Hung, VP, VK, Thanh Loi, Ding’s, Yung Ho, Yi Mei, Ye Mei, Mei Ling, etc.

The frontier of this battle, for the last few years, belongs to VP (in Monterey Park) and VK Tofu (Rosemead). On any given Sunday, you will see girls, women, grandmas, sitting in their cars not completely extracted out of parking stalls, frantically pawing at styrofoams full of tofu flower / dao fu fah / dou hua / 豆花. I advise you to do the same. There is no joy in being addicted alone. One can peek over the steering wheel, thru 2 sets of tempered auto glasses, at fellow dou hua lovers, and share that instant bond, if they chose to glance back. It’s nothing short of romantic.

VP produces the most consistent product. Do not suggest the hacks offered at dimsum houses. From Sea Harbor to King Hua to Elite, nothing matches the silky yet compacted tofu flower from VP. VK’s version is simply not as soyful while the syrup does not offer the un-subtle gingeriness which punches up the flavor profile to the N-th degree.

Liquify the tofu flower and the result is the same: pure soy juice bliss in a bottle. There is no need for organic labels nor fancy methodology (it is said the best Japanese tofu is made from US-exported beans), VP’s soy milk beats anything coming out of Yung Ho, or other Taiwanese breakfast joints on protein richness. Simultaneously, it is silkier, tastier, and somehow healthier, than Silk®. While the drive to eradicate soy “milk” has failed, there is hope for unadulterated soy “juice” still yet in 2009.

May you all experience the ecstasy of having tofu flower slipping and sliding through the gaps of your teeth while sitting on top of a faux rolling hill, in a random suburban park, on a Sunday afternoon.

VP Tofu
237 S Garfield Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 572-9930

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  • oh how i love thee, vp tofu flower on a lazy saturday afternoon at sequoia park…

  • looks yummy

  • amy

    omg. do hua!!!!

  • Wow. I had no idea. Thank you for the post!

  • Jackie O

    I don’t think you were quite clear on your Tofu Flower experience and whether you would recommend it.

    Also, have you tried Starbucks’ Silk Soy vs. Silk soy? Different recipe. You might enjoy out of curiosity although we all know you hate Starbucks.

  • Danny

    Word! This place rocks!

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  • TonyC

    seriously Jackie O? Not enough clarity? I’m sorry… Let me rephrase: I hate using the “B” word, but this is the Best of what is around in the 626. Period. And all the comments above testify to this.

  • Jackie O

    TonyC – I meant that comment to be very sarcastic; your conclusion is a classic example of your ability to conjure striking visual images.

  • Jackie O

    yeesh!

  • TonyC

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  • I love VP tofu. In the summers we go there on a weekly basis for tofu fa. Sam Woo in Alhambra used to make great tofu fa too but they dont’ have them anymore? I like your writing, very funny stuff.

  • soyfan

    I’ve been getting my supply of soy milk here for over a year but in the last three weeks I’ve noticed the milk has been diluted by at least a third of its former richness. My friends too have concurred after talking to them about the issue. VP was such a rare find. What a shame for this to happen!

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  • When I saw your tweet, I was like “WTFZ is tofu flower?! And how come I’ve never had it!” And then, after a second or two, I hit myself in the head. Duh. Dou fu hua. Anyway, I definitely have to check this place out the next time I’m home! Looks and sounds delicious. My mom and I used to always pick up the dou fu hua sold at HK Supermarket (that is, when we still used to shop there — haha). Now we just get it in individual portions at dim sum. Good stuff.

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