As was recently explained to me, apparently these two things are the deciding factors between Beverly Soon Tofu and its neighbor across the street, Sokongdong. Sokongdong was the first soon tofu house I ever went to and I remember those enoki mushrooms and fully rounded broth so fondly. It's been so long since I've been there that I don't clearly recall the softer, more curdled texture of the tofu. But I do remember the broth being better than Beverly, where it's sharper and tastes more acidic.
But Beverly's got great panchan that include silky marinated tofu discs, sweet pickled cucumbers and sesame bean sprouts, plus atmosphere to spare. Though I'm not sure for how much longer I'll be able to sit on those backless natural wood benches.
Beverly Soon Tofu
2717 West Olympic Blvd. #108 (at New Hampshire)
Los Angeles 90006