Kung Fu Soy: Where’s the Soy in This New LA Taiwanese Dessert Spot?

Kung Fu Soy is a relatively new venue in Montery Park, just a few minutes east of LA, that tries to differentiate itself in the over saturated Boba/Taiwanese dessert market by offering Tofu Pudding. Frankly, I love tofu pudding and this place makes a decent one; although it’s not amazingly silky smooth, the tofu pudding tastes fine.

However, for a store named Kung Fu SOY, I’m incredibly disappointed by how small a role the tofu pudding played in their dishes. First of all, the tofu desserts occupy only about 1/3 of the menu. The other main elements of this dessert shop is Aiyu and Herbal Jelly; 3 main signature ingredients in total.

Kung Fu Soy Menu - The menu offers 3 types of desserts on the left panel using their 3 signature ingredients: tofu pudding, aiyu, and herbal jelly. The customer also has an option of customizing their dessert dish on the right side of the menu.

Kung Fu Soy Menu – The menu offers 3 types of desserts on the left panel using their 3 signature ingredients: tofu pudding, aiyu, and herbal jelly. The customer also has an option of customizing their dessert dish on the right side of the menu.

I ordered the Shaolin Signature #1, which seemed like their signature tofu dessert dish. It contained tofu pudding, taro balls, sweet potato balls, red beans, boba, and red dates over a bit of shaved ice. For $7, it wasn’t that much tofu; rather, the tofu pudding was a topping for the shaved ice rather than the dessert. I would have loved it if they reversed the proportions and made the pudding into the base rather than the topping. In addition, they also try to flash the limelight on Herbal Jelly and Aiyu, which are delicious toppings found in Taiwan desserts. However, again, they are just additional topping options.

Kung Fu Soy - Shaolin Signature #1,

Shaolin Signature #1 -tofu pudding, taro balls, sweet potato balls, red beans, boba, and red dates over a bit of shaved ice

This place is cute, but I’m not too optimistic of how well they will do in the long run. Their menu is also pretty chaotic and could be a lot more user-friendly. At the end of my dessert, I’m still left craving for soy pudding. I really do hope they can turn this place around as it could be a refreshing alternative to all the boba and shaved ice options out there right now.

Kung Fu Soy - Atmosphere

Inside the Shop– Decent and fun ambiance for a dessert shop

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