Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

The lunch choices at Her Name is Han are mostly comprised of combination platters and bapsang, consisting of a main protein and a number of side dishes.

It’s a great way to taste a little of a lot of things at this modern hip Korean restaurant located just on the outskirts of Koreatown.

The bapsang is mostly a good deal, but does leave you a little hungry. That’s part of why I also ordered the black seasame tofu. And amazingly, it was a bit heartier and more filling than the very light combo platter.

It was also the most delicious thing I ate at my one lunch visit to Her Name is Han. A thick block of semi-firm tofu was as creamy as custard¬†and it was covered with a slightly sweet earthy black sesame-studded sauce. To add some savory richness, the dish is topped with battered onions. It might not be as healthy as the grilled mackerel and kmichi on the bapsang plate, but it’s intensely satisfying.

The tofu is listed as a side order at lunch and as a small plate at dinner. Whenever you go to Her Name is Han (and you should), you want to make sure one of these ends up on the table. Price: $5/$9

HER NAME IS HAN
17 East 31st Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenue),
Koreatown
(212) 779-9990
hernameishan.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

One Response to DISH OF THE WEEK: Black Sesame Tofu at HER NAME IS HAN

  1. Ttrockwood says:

    Great tip!! I had an amazing meal there a few months ago – the vegetable and tofu dumplings were a highlight, very delicate skin to those, and they were so kind to make one of the ming bean and beansprout pancakes without meat for me, but we missed this dish!
    I’ve been meaning to return and will be sure to order this, it sounds so unique and delicious!

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