Tag Archives: Korean BBQ

Corner Place

2819 James M Wood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
 
(213) 487-0968

http://www.yelp.com/biz/corner-place-los-angeles

http://www.cornerplacerestaurant.com/

 

After hiking at the nearby Griffith Park on a hot day, a friend and I were craving something refreshing.  So we started searching for good Korean cold noodle places on Yelp.  This place came up as the #1 choice.  However, we weren’t sure if this place specialized in cold noodles, so we wanted to try other naeng myun places.  Alas, most of the naeng myun places seem to be closed on Sundays, so off we went to the Corner Place!

Corner Place is located in a corner of a small strip mall. Parking is a bit tricky — the parking lot has restricted spaces reserved for the laundromat and the market, so read the signs!  There is additional free parking at a lot across from the strip mall — you can ask the security guard to point you to the right direction.  The restaurant itself is fairly large and the customers are quite diverse.  So, unlike other Korean BBQ joints, English is understandable here.  🙂  Apparently, the signature dish here is the cold noodles aka dong chi mi gook soo.  Dong chi mi gook soo is a little different than naeng myun — naeng myun is a darker clear noodle in an icy pear broth whereas dong chi mi gook soo is a white noodle less chewier than naeng myun, in a cold fermented vegetable broth.

 

The menu — cold noodles seem to be the signature dish here!

 

The cold noodles!  Like all the Yelp reviews said, it is very refreshing!!!  Unlike other restaurants, Corner Place DOES NOT give you any condiments (hot sauce, mustard, vinegar, etc) to add to the noodles.  The soup itself is light and not as vinegary as the ones I’ve had.  Mmmm….  $4.75 for a regular bowl, portions are generous.

 

There is quite a bit of banchans / side-dishes as well!  Everything was so good and not overly spicy.

 

I wasn’t really sure how filling the cold noodles were going to be, so I ordered the rib-eye too, expecting it to be only 1 steak.  So when the order arrived, and it was 2 huge steaks, we had to double-check with our waitress that it was only 1 order.  OMG, can I just say that it was perfect marbling?  She also came by a few times to cook & cut the steak, and trimmed off the fat!  The steak is cooked with 2 pats of butter, an onion slice and some mushrooms.  So meaty, juicy and delicious. Be careful not to overcook the steaks!  $25.95 per order

I’ll definitely be back, Corner Place!!!

Kang Hodong Baekjeong

3465 W 6th St
Ste 20
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Neighborhood: Koreatown

http://www.yelp.com/biz/kang-hodong-baekjeong-los-angeles

http://www.baekjeong.com

 

Jonathan Gold’s article in the LA Times:  http://articles.latimes.com/2012/nov/10/food/la-fo-gold-20121110

 

This is a BBQ chain straight from Korea.  I was a bit bummed that I didn’t get to try it when I visited Seoul last fall, but lo and behold, the LA branch opened soon after I came back.  I was really excited to try it, when LA Times featured a glowing review soon after the restaurant opened.  The 5 star reviews on Yelp kept stacking up, but so did the wait time (it was around 2 hours for a while since the restaurant does not accept reservations).  Finally, after a few months, the initial craze is starting to dwindle down, so off we went.  Our wait during a Saturday was about 40 minutes.

The entrance to the restaurant is inside the plaza, which does not face the street.  That being said, the little plaza has many restaurants which share the small parking lot, so parking inside the plaza can be challenging.  You’re better off parking on the street, or in one of the nearby paid lots.

Kang Hodong Baekjeong is known for its exceptionally great meats.  Despite that, you pay almost the same as all-you-can-eat places, so it’s a great value.  The restaurant also has really good service — our server was friendly, came by very often, and cooked all of our meats for us.

 

The store front

 

You’ll see this poster board up front — it’s not PSY.  This is Kang Hodong, a Korean comedian, who owns this restaurant chain.

 

The menu

 

The grill at Kang Hodong Baekjeong is different than other K-BBQ places — There is also a moat ring around the grill, which is used to cook the corn with cheese, steam the egg, and grill the veggies.  What ingenuity!

 

Salad – included with your order.  Very fresh!

 

One of the many side dishes — spicy bean sprouts.  Mix it yourself!

 

I think this was mung bean pancake.  Pretty tasty, but I don’t think you can get seconds on this one.

 

Lots of dishes occupy the table — kimchi, radish, salt/pepper, jalapeno dipping sauce, and chilled radish soup.  Like other K-bbq joints, iced barley tea is served complimentary.

 

Lunch box – spicy kimchi rice.  Watch in awe as your server brings the box to the table, then starts shaking it in front of you.  The lunch box is warm at best, but really tasty!  We ordered 2 for our party of 6 and that was enough with our 5 meat orders.  $6.99

 

Our meat orders (from top to bottom):  seared pork belly ($18.99), special pork neck ($21.99), and sliced rib eye ($28.99).  I was going to order the pork butt, but our waiter told me point blank that the pork neck was much better.  And it was.  All of the meats were so good!  The waiter even adjusts heat on the grill for the different meats.

 

Thinly sliced brisket – see the nice marbling?  Yum!!!  Sliced sweet potato and mushrooms also came with our orders.  $18.99

 

Beef tongue – it was really fresh and a little thicker sliced than other K-bbq places.  Nice meaty texture.  $21.99

 

The waiter seared the rib eye and then cut them up into bite-size pieces once they were ready to eat.  Medium and succulent, just the way I like them!

 

Kimchi stew (kimchi jjigae)

Bean stew (doenjang jjigae)

 

Our meal also came with soups (kimchi and bean stew) at the end of the meal.  Both had great flavor, although the bean stew was a tad salty.  Overall, we all loved it.  It lives up to its hype!  We’ll be back.  🙂

[Seoul, Korea] Gyeongbokgung BBQ 景福宮韓式烤肉

Mareunnae-ro 88-5, Seoul, Korea

서울시 중구 저동2가 88-5

Open hours:10am-4pm,5pm-10pm

Directions:  Line 4 to Myeongdong station, Exit 6. Turn left and keep walking until you see Myeongdong Theater at your left corner, then turn right at that street.  Keep walking, past Myeongdong Cathedral and a big street.  The restaurant will be on your right.  About a 15 minute walk from exit 6.

Map:

 

Don’t be fooled by the name of the restaurant – it’s actually located in Myeongdong which is not close by Gyeongbokgung Palace.  This restaurant is quite popular with tourists, I read so many reviews before I went there, but wasn’t expecting much since I’ve had my share of Korean BBQ in LA.  This place is well known for its Korean beef (hanu) but also has other meats like pork, chicken etc.  The quality of the meat is actually really good, I highly recommend it if you’re in Myeongdong.

 

Outside of the restaurant

 

The menu is in multiple languages and will indicate the price per portion.  I ordered the Korean rib-eye, which was W 38K for a 1 person portion (approx US $38).  Hanu is pretty expensive so expect to shell out $$ wherever you go.

 

The 1 person portion comes in 2 steaks.  The marbling is so nice on the meat!  It was melt in the mouth goodness!!!  The server grilled it to just medium on the meat, still a little pink in the middle, perfect!

 

Real coal is used for the grill.  The server will grill and cut up the meats for you, no work needed on your part except to eat!

 

So many side dishes come with the bbq… they were all yum!

 

More side dishes, including the steamed egg and kimchi jiggae (stew).  The kimchi jiggae was really good!

 

Kimchi pancake also came as a side dish.  It was crispy, not too spicy and had tons of kimchi flavor.  Mmmm…

 

What also sets this restaurant apart is the amount and variety of veggies they provide, to wrap up your grilled meats with – there was the regular lettuce, shiso leaf, wasabi leaf, and other leafy greens.  All of them went really well with the grilled meat.

 

The meal ends with a cup of refreshing ice plum tea!

 

Coupon: there is a coupon available on this Japanese website http://www.seoulnavi.com/food/905.  I used it and it works!  10% off on beef and 5% off on pork.

Oo-Kook Korean BBQ 牛国

3385 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

(213) 385-5665

http://www.yelp.com/biz/oo-kook-korean-bbq-los-angeles

http://oo-kookbbq.com/

 

 

There are so many all-you-can-eat (AYCE) Korean BBQ places to choose from in LA’s K-town.  They all used to be of decent quality, until the recession hit.  Nowadays, most AYCE K-BBQ places are still competitive.  However, since they didn’t raise prices, the quality of the meats have gone down.  Which is why Oo-Kook is a rare find.  For $24.99 per person, you get to choose from 13 premium meats. Even though the meats are really good, the banchans are nothing to write about – you even have to ask for kimchi!

Oo-Kook occupies 2 floors, so plenty of space for big parties.  However, they only take reservations up to 7pm, after that, it’s first come first serve.  $2 for valet in the restaurant’s parking lot – do it!  It’s safer than parking on the streets of K-town.  Oo-Kook is also open for lunch.

Here are the recommendations:

Menu

 

Black Angus beef short rib – not marinated

 

Beef tongue

 

Mushrooms and vegetables – oyster mushrooms, sweet potato and kabocha squash

 

Black Angus prime rib – unlike most K-BBQ places, they actually don’t limit you on this one!  And it’s super yummy!

 

Shrimp

 

Sizzling on the grill…