Korean BBQ Los Angeles Style
About a year ago, I decided to take my first trip to Los Angeles. I wanted to experience the city and I had friends either living there or in close proximity to where I was. I walked the Hollywood Blvd…did touristy things…saw all the movie star’s homes…and I ate some amazing food. One of my friend, in particular, Joe, introduced me to Korean cuisine.
He took me to one of several Korean BBQ places and I was excited about having this experience. They brought bowls and bowls of cold and hot noodles, kimchi, other pickled veggies and spicy side dishes. One dish that I couldn’t get enough of was the sweet potato noodles. They had a satisfying savory, salty sweetness and I loved every minute of it.
Then….came the meat! One of the dishes that came out to us at our table grill was called bulgogi. It’s usually sirloin marinated in soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, pepper and garlic, which sometimes has a sprinkling of scallions on top. They place it on your grill and you take it off when you see that it’s ready. The marinade infuses in the meat and tenderizes every inch of it. As I took a bite of the savory sirloin, I’d take a few bites of my pickled veggies and kimchi. They say to always combine some sort of pickled veggie with any animal fat (butter) or meat, which makes this meal easily digested. The scallions get toasty and add a fibrous, oniony texture and taste and this amazing meal comes together. I highly recommend giving yourself this experience. It’s worth every penny!