There’s no “tofu for sale” sign here, just an unassuming factory-like door on the west side of Broadway, just north of Uptown. Through it, orders are placed directly from the entryway to the tofu-making line in the next room. Owner Jenny Yang sniffed out the discreet spot, literally smelling it while walking down the avenue several years ago. She ended up purchasing the business, which supplies many Asian restaurants. Phoenix Bean, a small tofu factory in the Edgewater neighborhood, sells freshly made firm and soft tofu, as well as bean milk, soy milk and bean sprouts at hard-to-beat wholesale prices. Touting themselves as one of the first tofu producers in Chicago, the company, which was already thirty years old when Yang bought it, prides itself on using non-genetically altered soy bean products.
5438 North Broadway
Best of Chicago 2011