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Chunju Han-il Kwan

3450 W 6th St
Ste 106
Los Angeles, CA 90020

 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/chunju-han-il-kwan-los-angeles

 

I’ve been craving a good budae jjigae (aka army stew aka 部隊鍋)  for a while now.  It’s basically a Korean hotpot of mish mash, sort of a hotpot that the army/military used to cook up, with whatever they had on hand.  Typically, it’s a spicy soup base filled with kimchi, rice cake, Spam, hot dog franks, ramen, vegetables, etc.  I turned to trusty Yelp for some recommendations, and lo and behold, Chunju is the highest rated budae jjigae in LA, by a landslide.

Chunju Han-il Kwan is located in a small shopping strip, just about a block from the ever popular Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong.  The center has its own parking lot (with free valet), but since the shopping strip is mostly eating places, it might be hard to find a spot once the lot is full.  The alternative would be to park on the street.  Be sure to read all of the street parking signs, as K-town is notorious for towing illegally parked cars.

I went on a Friday night and there was about a 20-30 minute wait for a table.  The ahjummas (server ladies) will hand you a menu to peruse and order, while you wait.  Budae jjigae takes about 20-30 minutes to cook, so by the time your table is ready, so will your food.  Service and table turns are fast, as the ahjummas run a tight ship.  Now on to the food!

 

Very Korean decor inside.  The interior of the restaurant is medium-sized, but since tables turn fairly fast, the wait is bearable.

 

The side dishes – lots of choices and they were all tasty!  My favorite was the chap-chae (Korean glass noodles) and the steamed egg.  You can ask for refills.

 

The budae jjigae!  Almost every table has an order.  Portions are pretty generous, I’d say it’s enough for 3.  It’s pretty spicy, and I’m not sure if Chunju can adjust the spiciness level.  As it cooks down, it gets more condensed, which means it gets even spicier! But, oh, it was so good and just hit the spot.  : )  I didn’t see it on the menu (maybe I just missed it), but just tell the ahjummas that you want to order it.  $26

 

We also saw that many people ordered the pancakes, so asked for a recommendation.  The ahjumma recommended the potato pancake.  When it arrived, it was huge!  It was filled with scallions and really delicious.  The texture is different from the Korean-style pancakes that I’ve had before… this one was a little similar to a mochi texture, although not as sticky.  I liked it without the sauce.  $14

 

I loved the budae jjigae here. Will be back!

 

Taiwanese Food!

For anyone who’ve always wondered what Taiwanese food is all about, CNN Travel has compiled the top 40 Taiwanese eats.  I think it’s pretty much en pointe, although there’s 1 or 2 on the list that even I haven’t tried.  Read it here:

http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/eat/40-taiwanese-food-296093

 

DineLA Restaurant Week starts next Monday!

Menus are up on the website and there are even more restaurants on the list, in this latest round.  This time, it will be a 12-days straight event, including weekends!  That is great news for those of us that can’t travel far during the workweek.  Time to start booking reservations!

http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

[Arcadia] 626 Night Market!

The 626 Night Market will be this weekend at the Santa Anita Park!  There will be over 150+ vendors and food trucks, with entertainment (including Youtube sensation Jason Chen!).  There is an admission charge this time (I’m assuming to cover the venue and the free parking):

ADMISSION: Free Parking
$2 / person 4PM-6PM
$3 / person after 6PM
Free for ages 12 years and younger

And here’s the list of vendors!

http://www.626nightmarket.com/626nm_July_Map_sm-1.pdf

Newport Beach Restaurant Week 2013

Hello all!

The Newport Beach Restaurant Week will be coming up in a few days.  Here are the details: 

 

http://www.newportbeachdining.com/newport-beach-restaurant-week/default.aspx

 

Seventh Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 18-27, 2013

Newport Beach, Southern California’s premier dining destination, invites you to “Savor the Flavor” of the OC’s first and favorite restaurant week January 18-27, 2013. Newport Beach’s finest eateries will participate for a full ten days and two weekends this January 18-27, 2013 in this citywide culinary celebration, serving up special 3-course prix-fixe gourmet menus at tiered price points of $10, $15, or $20 for lunch and $20, $30, or $40 for dinner.

Most restaurants will offer a minimum of three options per course, giving the dining community an incredible opportunity to enjoy exceptional prix-fixe meals prepared by the hottest Newport Beach Chefs!

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

The documentary about the 86 year old sushi chef, whose restaurant is rated with 3 Michelin stars, is finally available on Netflix!!!  It’s well worth a watch – sushi making is such an art!   The documentary also covers a lot about the traditions and Japanese culture.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiro_Dreams_of_Sushi

DineLA Restaurant Week starts soon!

DineLA is celebrating its 5th year, wow, time really flies!

This year, the winter restaurant week runs from Sun 1/22 – Fri 1/27 and then again from Sun 1/29 – Fri 2/3.  Don’t worry, for those of you who can’t catch it this time, there’s always restaurant week in the fall too.

Here’s the link for the participating restaurants and menus http://discoverlosangeles.com/restaurantweekv2/index.jsp. Let the decisions begin!  ^ ^

Groupon Now!

Groupon Now will be offering $1 lunch deals on Fridays, starting tomorrow.  Check the website tomorrow for details.  🙂

http://www.groupon.com/now-dollar-lunch?utm_medium=email&utm_source=channel_now_digest&sid=11022618&user=757453883660b3fc45b39f09939c0553104eb79ddc77ab91532091aa6bc94baf&division=orange-county&utm_campaign=11022618&s=body&c=dollar-deals_txt&d=dollar-lunch-page

[Chicago] Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball

I love food events, especially those that contribute toward a good cause.  On my recent trip to Chicago, I found a Travelzoo deal for the celebrity chef ball — $99 as opposed to the regular price of $125.  It’s a once-a-year event in Chicago which draws tons of great chefs, with even more foodies.  All of the proceeds benefit the Meals on Wheels program, which provide home-delivered meals to people in need.  This year’s event was held at the Macy’s on State Street, occupying all of the 9th floor, with 85 chefs.  Yes, 85 chefs!!!  I wish we have this kind of event in LA!  The chefs, all eager to showcase their specialties, bring lots of creative dishes and they don’t skimp on the ingredients either.  Each chef is stationed at a table and presents 1-2 dishes.   You can personally meet all of the chefs, while trying out their creations.  Everything is self-serve, which means, if you really like a dish, you can go back for seconds.  Portions are hor dourves-sized.

Best part about this event, besides the food, is that they provide you with a booklet which contain biographies of all of the chefs, along with their various recipes.  🙂

 

Lots of people all around!  The event is cocktail-dress formal.

 

I think this was a meat ball with deviled egg on a stick — didn’t get to try since I was already full at this point!

 

Kurobuta pork with scallop.  Yum!

 

Even lobster made its way into the appetizer/salad section – from the Michael Jordan Steakhouse.  I didn’t even know MJ has his own restaurant!

 

After eating the various dishes, then I found out there was another whole section full of DESSERTS!  Pear sorbet on a waffle cone.  I think this was from Black Dog Gelato.  So good!

DineLA Restaurant Week

Hello all~
DineLA restaurant week is starting once again, beginning this Sunday and will run through 10/14. There are a lot more restaurants this year, so go and try a few! =)

http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/restaurantweekv2/index.html