Again, I have to credit Wendy's Boyfriend (Eat 'n About) for this one. She/boyfriend and Ben (Chowtimes) are great resources for dining in Richmond. We decided to get some dessert after Top Shanghai. After reading Wendy's post about Excellent Tofu & Snack, I was anxious to try some of their desserts. The only thing that worried me was the parking lot at Central Square. It's extremely small and there are quite a few businesses here, which include Ninkazu and Lido. Luckily for us, there was a parking spot available immediately as I pulled into the parking lot.
Excellent Tofu is not much to look at outside and really, it ain't too much to look at inside either. It's essentially a really long counter with a few small tables behind it. No matter, we were here for a quick, cheap dessert; not expecting anything fancy. As Wendy mentioned, the old guy who runs the place has impeccable English. We actually ordered in Chinese to his son (?). Viv and I decided to share a Grass Jelly & Tofu Pudding dessert, Fruit Cocktail Tofu Pudding and a Red Bean Pastry.
I really liked both desserts, especially since I could adjust the flavour with simple syrup, ginger syrup and brown sugar provided. I'm a big fan of the grass jelly, despite it being a bit bitter. This is easily corrected with copious amounts of ginger syrup. Mind you, the red bean pastry was not so good. It was kept in a warm pan and it was nuked for our dining pleasure. If you can imagine, this is not a good thing. The whole thing was very dry and had that "sitting around for awhile" quality to it. Next time, we'll stick with the tofu desserts.
- Fresh tofu products and desserts
- Its got that "dive" quality to it
- Don't eat the pastries
- Not a place to take a first date
10:30am - 10:00pm (Mon, Tues & Thu)
12:00pm - 10:00pm (Wed)
10:30am - 12:00am (Fri & Sat)
10:30am - 11:00pm (Sun)